'With a remarkable mastery of the historiography and a deep investigation of primary sources, McGeever unveils the conflation between war and revolution, class and ethnos in the early Soviet Union. Displaying a style both analytical and narrative, he shifts elegantly from macro- to micro-history and rebuilds the complexity of the relationship between Bolshevism and the 'Jewish question'. This is an outstanding work.'
Enzo Traverso - Cornell University, New York
'In this highly original and deeply researched study, McGeever reconstructs the efforts of the Bolshevik leadership to confront antisemitism in the Red Army during the Civil War (1918–21), but rigorously and dispassionately exposes the ideological and practical limitations of their efforts.'
S. A. Smith - University of Oxford
'An outstanding contribution to scholarship on early Bolshevik policy toward Jews, our understanding of pogroms, and the dynamics of early communist rule. McGeever reveals the role of non-Bolshevik socialists in combating antisemitism and offers a corrective to the received wisdom that Red Army soldiers did not participate in pogroms. A tour-de-force of historical scholarship.'
Robert Weinberg - Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania
'Exceptionally well written, based on extensive, original, research, compellingly argued, and characterized by sound judgment and impressive insight, this is a work which makes a major contribution to scholarly debates revolving around the relationship(s) between the Bolsheviks and antisemitism, and which richly deserves to reach a wide audience.'
Jack Jacobs - City University of New York
'A vital contribution to the history of the Russian Revolution, of socialism more generally, and of antisemitism as a modern political force.'
Laura Engelstein - Yale University, Connecticut
‘… Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution is one of the most important new contributions to our understanding of 1917 and its immediate aftermath that has appeared in recent years. It offers a valuable contribution to both Soviet and Jewish history, and deserves a broad readership in both fields.’
Source: Revolutionary Russia
‘… thoroughly researched, highly readable, and important … Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution is a work with remarkable contemporary relevance given current debates over the politics of class versus that of identity or race.’
Source: The Russian Review
‘McGeever combines an engaging writing style with meticulous research … painting a fascinating, complex and unexpected picture of the role of Jewish political activists in Russia in the fight against antisemitism before, during and after the revolution.’
Source: Ethnic and Racial Studies
‘McGeever (Birkbeck College, Univ. of London, UK) uses detailed archival research to reveal and explore the phenomenon of Red Army units that engaged in anti-Jewish violence in Ukraine during the Russian Civil War … This is a deeply researched study of great value … Highly recommended.’
R. M. Shapiro
‘A remarkable book.’
Source: International Review of Social History
‘… revealing and nuanced exploration of antisemitism … McGreever has tapped rich and little-used sources to tell a textured, nuanced story that centres on the fratricidal civil war in Ukraine where the bulk of pogroms took place.’
Ronald Grigor Suny
Source: Patterns of Prejudice