I. K. Bogomolov. Review of monograph: McGeever B. Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. 247 p. // Petersburg Historical Journal, no. 3, 2022, pp. 282–288
The review analyzes the monograph of the Doctor of Philosophy, professor of Sociology at Birkbeck (University of London) Brendan McGeever on anti-Semitism in revolutionary Russia and in the first years of Soviet power. It is stated that the title of the book — “Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution” — does not fully correspond to the content. The author focuses on the response of the Bolshevik leadership to anti-Semitism in 1917–1920 and the difficulties that it had to face in this struggle. Neither the anti-Bolshevik forces, nor the Provisional Government, nor the late Imperial period are practically mentioned in the monograph. Nevertheless, the study of the Bolshevik response to antisemitism during the Russian Civil War was carried out at a high level with the involvement of a large number of archival sources. It is also important to address the little-studied topic of left-wing antisemitism.
antisemitism, Russian revolution, Russian Civil War, evkom, pogroms, Grigorievshchina, V. I. Lenin, I. V. Stalin.
Bogomolov, Igor Konstantinovich — PhD, Senior Researcher, Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences.