"Nathans's deeply researched and meticulously argued book takes us into the drawing rooms and offices of successful Jews of St. Petersburg and greatly enhances our understanding not only of Jewish intellectual, political, and professional leadership but of Russian politics and society as well."Richard Stites, author of Russian Popular Culture
"The work of an extremely talented and intelligent historian. It breaks new ground both conceptually and substantively."Michael Stanislawski, author of Zionism and the Fin de Siècle
"Ben Nathans moves in this remarkable book well beyond the standard spatial as well as conceptual boundaries typically associated with prerevolutionary Russian Jewry. It is the work of a splendid historian who negotiates brilliantly the borders of Russian and Jewish history, and manages to link the two persuasively in an original, lucid narrative."Steven J. Zipperstein, author of Imagining Russian Jewry
The work of an extremely talented and intelligent historian. It breaks new ground both conceptually and substantively.