Giuseppe Motta’s book, entitled The Great War against Eastern European Jewry, 1914-1920 and published last November by Cambridge Scholars, has been reviewed in the July edition of Slavonic and East European Review by Alexander V. Prusin. A wide ranging and occasionally critical review, an indicative excerpt can be viewed below. The full review can be read here (requires subscription):
“The book’s strengths lie in its rich historiographic foundation and abundance in factual details. Well-written and free of academic jargon, it should inspire interest not only amongst scholars, but also general readers. The author methodically describes the evolution of anti-Jewish prejudices from the nineteenth century to the deportations by the Russian army in World War One, when the existing negative stereotypes of Jews were reinforced by a ‘spyfever’, which permeated all war-zones. […] it will be a welcome addition to reading for courses on Jewish history, nationalism and wartime ethnic conflicts, in conjunction with more nuanced studies.”
The book can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars by clicking here.