Bolsheviks and British Jews : the Anglo-Jewish community, Britain, and the Russian Revolution /
Sharman Kadish.
London, England ; Portland, Or. : F. Cass, c1992.
xiv, 298 p.
0714633712 :
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London, England ; Portland, Or. : F. Cass, c1992.
0714633712 :
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-04:
Kadish's important book is about issues much wider than its title suggests. The author's concern is British Jews' reaction to the Russian Revolution, but this group faced the same difficulties as many other minorities in the modern world a conflict of loyalties between those to their country of birth and culture and those to their newly adopted land. Although outsiders saw a monolithic alien community, Kadish shows how British Jews were divided between those recently arrived from Eastern Europe and those assimilated, between Leftists and Rightists, and between those religious and those secular. Most Jews welcomed the March overthrow of the Czar, but were divided on the issue of Bolshevism. The civil war offered only a choice between the murderous pogroms of the Whites and the antisemitism of the Reds. Whichever side Jews took fueled antisemitism in the British press and government. To counter the move to the Left, Britain issued the Balfour Declaration and urged Zionism as an antidote to Bolshevism, but many British Jews opposed Zionism because they felt it questioned their loyalty to England. This further increased divisions within the Jewish community. Kadish treats these complex issues and their impact on both English Jews and non-Jews in a well-researched and well-written work. Although useful to all interested in ethnic relations, multiculturalism, and nationalism, the book will be most valuable to academic readers. Footnotes, illustrations. Undergraduate; graduate; faculty. I. M. Roth; Foothill College
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