Gammer, Moshe 1950-
Gammer, Moshe 1950-
Born September 24, 1950, in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR; now the Ukraine); immigrated to Israel, 1960; citizenship, Israeli; son of David and Bella Gammer; married Ruth Frankl (a librarian), June 17, 1994; children: one daughter. Ethnicity: "Jewish." Education: Tel Aviv University, B.A., 1975, M.A., 1982; London School of Government, University of London, Ph.D., 1989.
Educator and writer. Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel, external teacher, 1989-93, postdoctoral fellow at Cummings Center for Russian and East European Studies, 1990-92, visiting lecturer, 1993-94, visiting senior lecturer in Middle Eastern and African history, 1994—, Dayan fellow, Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, 1990-91; Hadera Menashe College, Program of Middle Eastern History, Hadera, Israel, director of program, 1996—. Also Open University, Tel Aviv, tutor, 1989-90, 1991-93; Bar Ilan University, visiting lecturer, 1990-91; Hebrew University of Jerusalem, fellow at Institute for Advanced Studies, 2000. Military service: Israel Defense Forces, 1969-72.
European Society for Caucasian Studies, European Society for Central Asia Studies, Israel Oriental Society (secretary of Tel Aviv Branch, 1992; member of the Directing Board of the Control Committee, 1995), Society for the Study of Central Asia, Society for the Study of Caucasia (United States), Association for Central Asian Studies (United States), Society for the Study of Nationalities (Advisory Board member, 1995).
Landau Prize, 1979; Aran Award, Tel Aviv University School of History, 1980; Ben Burion Prize, Histadrut, 1980; Argov Studentship, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1983-84; Dayan Fellowship, Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University, 1990-91; Fellowship from Committee of Planning and Budgeting, Israel Council on Higher Education, 1990-92, and INTAS, 2000-02. Also recipient of scholarships.
(Editor) The Political Negotiations between Israel and Egypt, September, 1978-March, 1979: Main Docu-ments (in Hebrew), Shiloah Center (Tel Aviv, Israel), 1979.
(Editor) The Normalization of Relations between Israel and Egypt, April, 1979-October, 1980: Main Documents (in Hebrew), Shiloah Center (Tel Aviv, Israel), 1981.
(Editor) The Autonomy Negotiations, April, 1979-October, 1980: Main Documents (in Hebrew), Shiloah Center (Tel Aviv, Israel), 1981.
Muslim Resistance to the Tsar: Shamil and the Conquest of Chechnia and Daghestan, Frank Cass (London, England), 1994.
(Editor, with Joseph Kostiner and Moshe Shemesh) Political Thought and Political History: Studies in Memory of Elie Kedourie, Frank Cass (Portland, OR), 2003.
(Editor) The Caspian: A Re-emerging Region, Frank Cass (Portland, OR), 2004.
(Editor, with David J. Wasserstein) Daghestan and the World of Islam, Academia Scientiarum Fennica (Helsinki, Finland), 2006.
The Lone Wolf and the Bear: Three Centuries of Chechen Defiance of Russian Rule, University of Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, PA), 2006.
Ethno-Nationalism, Islam, and the State in the Caucasus: Post-Soviet Disorder, Routledge (New York, NY), 2007.
Contributor to books, including Arab Relations in the Middle East: The Road to Realignment, edited by Colin Legum and Haim Shaked, Holmes & Meier (New York, NY), 1979; The North Caucasus Barrier: The Russian Advance toward the Muslim World, edited by Marie Bennigsen-Broxup, C. Hurst (London, England), 1992; Muslim Eurasia: Tradition and Change, Frank Cass (Portland, OR), 1995; and The Russian Conquest of the Caucasus, Cuzon Press, 1997. Contributor of articles and reviews to scholarly journals. Member of editorial board, Central Asian Survey, 1991—, and Turkestan Newsletter, 1997-99. Member of the editorial board of Central Asian Survey, 1991—.
Moshe Gammer specializes in Russian and Eastern European studies and has written extensively about his interests. In his book Muslim Resistance to the Tsar: Shamil and the Conquest of Chechnia and Daghestan, published in 1994, the author focuses on the Muslim Murid movement and its leader Shamil, who headed the resistance movement to Tsarist Russia's expansion into Chechan and Daghestan. Using research from multilingual archives, the author provides a comprehensive look at the twenty-five-year resistance movement. "Though the book is long and detailed, it is well written …, and the general reader with a penchant for military conflicts will have an enjoyable and informative read," wrote Anthony Rhinelander on H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online. Noting the modern Chechan conflict with Russia, Rhinelander added: "In sum, the work is a minutely-researched work of scholarship on a complex and timely subject." Other reviewers also had high praise for the book. Dominic Lieven wrote in Middle Eastern Studies that the author's "study of the Russian conquest of Chechnia and Daghestan is an exceptionally well-researched, intelligent and balanced work of scholarship."
Gammer is also editor with Joseph Kostiner and Moshe Shemesh of Political Thought and Political History: Studies in Memory of Elie Kedourie. The book features essays by former students of Kedourie focusing on topics such as Iran and democracy and how the Arabs have developed strategies for dealing with Israel.
The Lone Wolf and the Bear: Three Centuries of Chechen Defiance of Russian Rule was called "a comprehensive discussion of the history of the Chechen conflict with the Russians" by History: Review of New Books contributor James Dalton. The book represents an in-depth examination of the three-hundred-year history of the conflict and includes a thorough analyses of the region's diverse cultures and peoples. "The Lone Wolf and the Bear … is a well-written, balanced and enjoyable read, contributes significantly to the historical scholarship, and provides a thorough understanding on the Chechen struggle for peace and identity," noted Dalton. Political Science Quarterly contributor Georgi M. Derluguian commented: "The undeniable strength of this monograph is its combination of relatively accessible style with a very impressive array of sources."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
History: Review of New Books, spring, 2006, James Dalton, review of The Lone Wolf and the Bear: Three Centuries of Chechen Defiance of Russian Rule, p. 93.
Middle Eastern Studies, July, 1995, Dominic Lieven, review of Muslim Resistance to the Tsar: Shamil and the Conquest of Chechnia and Daghestan, p. 662.
Middle East Journal, autumn, 2003, review of Political Thought and Political History: Studies in Memory of Elie Kedourie, p. 703.
Political Science Quarterly, winter, 2006, Georgi M. Derluguian, review of The Lone Wolf and the Bear, p. 743.
Cuming Center for Russian & Eastern European Studies, Tel Aviv University Web site,http://www.tau.ac.il/~russia/ (April 5, 2008), faculty profile of author.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online,http://www.h-net.org/ (April 5, 2008), Anthony Rhinelander, review of Muslim Resistance to the Tsar.