History of the Jews in Russia and Poland. Volume II

From the death of Alexander I. until the death of Alexander III. (1825-1894)

Author: S.M. Dubnow
Language: English
Wordcount: 124,072 / 392 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 51.3
LoC Category: D
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Added to site: 2005.04.30
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Genre: History
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Translated by I. Friedlaender

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a form of government based upon the principles of stern tutelage and discipline. As a result of these considerations, a singular scheme was gradually maturing in the mind of the Tzar: to detach the Jews from Judaism by impressing them into a military service of a wholly exceptional character.

The plan of introducing personal military service, instead of the hitherto customary exemption tax, [1] had engaged the attention of the Russian Government towards the end of Alexander I's reign, and had caused a great deal of alarm among the Jewish communities. Nicholas I. was now resolved to carry this plan into effect. Not satisfied with imposing a civil obligation upon a people deprived of civil rights, the Tzar desired to use the Russian military service, a service marked by most extraordinary features, as an educational and disciplinary agency for his Jewish subjects: the barrack was to serve as a school, or rather as a factory, for producing a new generation of de-Judaized Jews, who were completely Russified, a

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