"The author of this article has worked hard to combine the Cantonist memoirs, testimonies and poems with official surviving imperial decrees and dispatches, to provide a balanced narrative of how the Cantonist system contributed to the original assimilation and renewal of Jewish identity in the late Imperial era.

Therefore, while Nicholas I's Cantonist system was successful in undermining the autonomous authority of the Kahal and in partially Russifying the Jewish minority, it failed to fully assimilate Russia's Jews, due to the awakening of Jewish identity by institutionalized anti-Semitism and feelings of otherness."

-- Aaron Bornstein

Verge is an undergraduate journal that is faculty- and student-nominated, and faculty- and student-advised. It collects the best of academic, research-based writing and more creative nonfiction work. The journal's interdisciplinary approach emphasizes the links between different academic departments, as well as the links between the curiosities, inquiries, and achievements of individuals who might not otherwise know about one another's work.

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Our current issue, Verge 11 (academic year 2014-2015), is now available.

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