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Jews in the Russian Army, 1827-1917: Drafted into Modernity (Hardback)
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Jews in the Russian Army, 1827-1917: Drafted into Modernity (Hardback)

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Hardback 326 Pages / Published: 03/11/2008
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This is the first study of the military experience of some one to one-and-a-half million Jews who served in the Russian Army between 1827, the onset of personal conscription of Jews in Russia, and 1917, the demise of the tsarist regime. The conscription integrated Jews into the state, transforming the repressed Jewish victims of the draft into modern imperial Russian Jews. The book contextualizes the reasons underlying the decision to draft Jews, the communal responses to the draft, the missionary initiatives directed toward Jews in the army, alleged Jewish draft evasion and Jewish military performance, and the strategies Jews used to endure military service. It also explores the growing antisemitism of the upper echelons of the military toward the Jews on the eve of World War I and the rise of Russian-Jewish loyalty and patriotism.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521515733
Number of pages: 326
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Jews in the Russian Army is a bold, original, and provocative work that challenges deep-seated assumptions about Russian-Jewish history. By presenting the military as a transformative force no less significant than education, religious reform or revolutionary politics, Petrovsky-Shtern has established a framework for the study of Jewish modernity that extends beyond East Europe to include modern Jewish history as a whole.' Derek J. Penslar, University of Toronto, and author of Shylock's Children: Economics and Jewish Identity in Modern Europe
'A work of first-rate scholarship, Petrovsky-Shtern's important new book splendidly fuses military history with the study of empire to provide fascinating insights into the complicated Russian-Jewish encounter.' David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Brock University
'In many ways Jews in the Russian Army represents a welcome revision to the traditional interpretation of Jewish military service in the Russian army. Petrovsky-Shtern demonstrates convincingly that the Russian military was not united as an institution in its revulsion toward the Jews.' Revolutionary Russia
'Jews in the Russian Army draws on an immense range of published and unpublished sources in multiple languages.' The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"A work of first-rate scholarship, Petrovsky-Shtern's important new book splendidly fuses military history with the study of empire to provide fascinating insights into the complicated Russian-Jewish encounter." - David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Brock University
"Jews in the Russian Army is a bold, original, and provocative work that challenges deep-seated assumptions about Russian-Jewish history. By presenting the military as a transformative force no less significant than education, religious reform or revolutionary politics, Petrovsky-Shtern has established a framework for the study of Jewish modernity that extends beyond East Europe to include modern Jewish history as a whole." -Derek J. Penslar, University of Toronto, Author of Shylock's Children: Economics and Jewish Identity in Modern Europe
"This impressively researched book provides an illuminating analysis at the intersection of Jewish studies and Russian military history. Recommended." -Choice
"Petrovsky-Shtern concludes that one of the legacies of nineteenth-century Jewish conscription was the creation of a modern Jewish military identity, and that founders of the Israeli Defense Forces were veterans of the Imperial Russian Army .... This conclusion is one of several strikingly original findings of a book that successfully reframes the legacy of nearly a century of Jewish service in the tsar's army." -Eric Lohr, American Historical Review
"...Petrovsky-Shtern's book represents a groundbreaking work and an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the Russian military, larger processes of imperial modernization, and modern Jewish history within a broader European context." -Gregory Vitarbo, European History Quarterly
"Jews in the Russian Army fuses together Jewish, military, and imperial history within the context of the Romanov's wielding supreme autocratic authority. The research is prodigious, the book is clearly written, and the conclusions are finely nuanced, which opens new paths of consideration for our understanding of late imperial history." -Russian Review
"...this work is an important contribution to a new kind of military history, less interested in the shape of tank treads and howitzer calibers and more concerned with the impact the military has on society and politics as a whole." -THE JOURNAL OF POWER INSTITUTIONS IN POST-SOVIET SOCIETIES
"...impressive book." -Benjamin Nathans, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"As Petrovsky-Shtern points out, all this was part and parcel of the process of making both entities-the Jews and empire-modern. So, did your bubbe tell you the story about the wicked Russians press-ganging your poor great grandfather Moishe and then forcibly converted him to Christianity? Read this book and find out what really happened." -Marshall Poe, New Books in History
"...rich and rewarding comparative analysis of military service." -Journal of Modern History
"The author, however, casts a different light on this aspect of Russian-Jewish history, stressing the government's aim in conscripting Jews. Like the most enlightened Western European regimes of the time, the Russian government from the early nineteenth century sought to remould its shtetl-minded Jewish soldiers into physically fit, loyal, Russian-speaking subjects." -Journal of Military History
"...a valuable and worthwhile contribution to scholarship on Jewish history as well as Russian history; in fact, it is really an outstanding example of how good scholarship should work." -Timothy C. Dowling, Canadian Journal of History
"...impressive..." -Kenneth B. Moss, The Journal of Modern History

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