Vladimir Jabotinsky's Russian Years, 1900-1925

Vladimir Jabotinsky's Russian Years, 1900-1925

Brian J. Horowitz
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 06/01/2020
Format: Hardback 6 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-04767-0
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In the early 20th century, with Russia full of intense social strife and political struggle, Vladimir Yevgenyevich (Ze'ev) Jabotinsky (1880–1940) was a Revisionist Zionist leader and Jewish Public intellectual. Although previously glossed over, these years are crucial to Jabotinsky's development as a thinker, politician, and Zionist. Brian Horowitz focuses on Jabotinsky's commitments to antisemitism, Zionism, and Palestine as he embraced radicalism and fought against the suffering brought upon Jews through pogroms, poverty, and victimization while also defending Jabotinsky against accusations that he was too ambitious, a fascist, and a militarist. As Horowitz delves into the years that shaped Jabotinsky's social, political, and cultural orientation, an intriguing psychological portrait emerges.

Author Bio

Brian Horowitz holds the Sizeler Family Chair in Jewish Studies at Tulane University. He is author of many articles and books on European and American Jewry, including Empire Jews, Jewish Philanthropy and Enlightenment in Late-Tsarist Russia, Russian Idea—Jewish Presence, and most recently The Russian-Jewish Tradition.



Horowitz provides a very readable and comprehensive account of the evolution of Jabotinsky's views. As an accomplished and well-recognized scholar of Russian literature and cultural life, he also consistently and with great profit to his argument, elucidates the main features of the Russian environment in which Jabotinsky functioned, first in Russia and then in exile.


Antony Polonsky, author of The Jews in Poland-Lituania and Russia


This is a well-researched, convincing political biography of one of the central figures in the history of Zionism and modern Jewish politics. The author carefully traces Jabotinsky's intellectual and political developments from his youthful flirtations with Jewish politics in the Russian empire to his position as a burgeoning leader of Zionist opposition immediately after World War I. The book is based on a wide range of Russian-language materials and archival sources that help to bring Jabotinsky's early years to light.


Scott Ury, author of Barricades and Banners

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Vladimir Jabotinsky and Russia

1. A Zionist in Odessa, circa 1900–03

2. Zionism Before 1905

3. In Revolution and Counterrevolution, 1905–06

4. The Decade between the Revolution of 1905 and World War I (1907–1914)

5. Political Alliances Break, Jabotinsky Goes His Own Way (1907–1914)

6. The Jewish Legion's Russian Inspiration, 1915–1917

7. Post-War Disappointments, Palestine 1918–1922

8. Russian-Jewish Emigration and the Path to Zionist Revisionism, 1923–1925

9. Russia in the Life and Work of Jabotinsky After 1925