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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

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