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War or revolution : Russian Jews and conscription in Britain, 1917

Author: Harold Shukman
Publisher: London ; Portland, OR : Vallentine Mitchell, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"During the First World War, 30,000 Russian Jews of military age in Britain faced a terrible dilemma: to enlist for the carnage of the Western Front or risk everything by returning to Russia. Introducing conscription in 1916, the government had to decide whether the refugees should remain exempt. When Nicholas II was overthrown the picture changed - Russia was now seen as democratic, why not go back to defend it,
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Shukman, Harold.
War or revolution.
London ; Portland, OR : Vallentine Mitchell, 2006
(OCoLC)607865268
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harold Shukman
ISBN: 0853037078 9780853037071 0853037086 9780853037088
OCLC Number: 64744675
Description: x, 157 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The idea of conscription --
2. The Russian background --
3. Russian Jews and the war --
4. Revolutionaries abroad --
5. The convention --
6. The journey --
7. Surviving revolution.
Responsibility: Harold Shukman.

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"During the First World War, 30,000 Russian Jews of military age in Britain faced a terrible dilemma: to enlist for the carnage of the Western Front or risk everything by returning to Russia. Introducing conscription in 1916, the government had to decide whether the refugees should remain exempt. When Nicholas II was overthrown the picture changed - Russia was now seen as democratic, why not go back to defend it, and, if not, why not join the British army? That was the choice. Bolshevik agitation against compulsion added to the refugees' confusion. Some joined up in Britain. Nearly 4,000 - the author's father and uncle among them - chose to go back.

They arrived in Archangel in the autumn of 1917 together with the Arctic winter and the chaos of the revolution, which soon descended into bloody civil war. How they fared and how they struggled to return to Britain is the story of War or Revolution."--Jacket.

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