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Sep 12, 2006 | ISBN 9781400030972

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“A rich and balanced account. . . . There is no other book that attempts, as this one does, to recount the history of the Jews in modern times in all its geographical variation and breathtaking disparity.” Washington Post Book World

“Magisterial . . . Sachar situates Jews on a global stage. . . . [He] relates an immensely complex story with precision and learning.” New York Times Book Review

“[Sachar’s book features] an erudition that is confidently and casually displayed, a range of topics covered with crisp lucidity, and sentences whose cadences effortlessly sweep the reader along.” The Boston Globe

“Like all of Sachar’s books, this too is comprehensive, illuminating, and readable. He weaves Jewish history through the intricacies of modern developments with a magisterial sweep.” –Shlomo Avineri, Professor of Political Science Emeritus, The Hebrew University

“A magnum opus….comprehensive, analytical, and written in a felicitous style….The book is a must. Both the lay and specialist reader will be richly rewarded.” –Isaiah Friedman, Professor of Modern History Emeritus, Ben-Gurion University

“This learned, sweeping, panoramic view of the Jewish experience in modernity will long remain…the standard history of this period.” –Alfred Gottschalk, President Emeritus, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

“In this expansive and magisterial history of the Jews in the modern world…this distinguished historian and experienced teacher has created a vibrant, highly readable text for students and general readers alike.” –Jehuda Reinharz, President, Brandeis University

“This is the work of a lifetime, a magisterial study….a book that all future histories of modern Jewry will be judged by.” –Jonathan Sarna, Chairman, School of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, Brandeis University

Table Of Contents


I The Jew as Non-European

II A Glimmering of Dawn in the West

III An Ambivalent Emancipation in the West

IV Incarceration: The Jews of Tsarist Russia

V The Triumph of Emancipation in the West

VI Jews in an Emancipated Economy

VII The Impact of Western Culture on Jewish Life

VIII A Sephardic-Oriental Diaspora

IX The Rise of Jewish Life in America

X False Dawn in the East: Alexander II and the Era of “Enlightenment”

XI Russian Twilight: The Era of Pogroms and May Laws

XII A Migration of East European Jewry: 1881–1914

XIII The Onset of Modern Antisemitism

XIV The Mutation of Racism

XV The Rise of Zionism

XVI The Evolution of Jewish Radicalism:Tsarist Russia

XVII Socialist “Internationalism” in Western Europe: The Trauma of World War I

XVIII The Triumph of Bolshevism

XIX The Balfour Declaration and the Jewish National Home

XX The Legacy of Progressivism: Immigrant Jewry in the United States

XXI Successor States and Minority Guarantees: 1919–1939

XXII The Triumph of East European Fascism

XXIII A Final Symbiosis of Jewish and Western Culture

XXIV A Climactic Onslaught of Postwar Antisemitism

XXV The Triumph of Nazism

XXVI The Quest for Sanctuary: 1933–1939

XXVII The Holocaust of European Jewry

XXVIII The Final Solution and the Struggle for Jewish Survival

XXIX The Birth of Israel

XXX Eastern Jewry in the Postwar: A Failed Convalescence

XXXI A Precarious Revival in Western Europe

XXXII The Jews of British Commonwealth

XXXIII A Latin Israel in the Southern Hemisphere

XXXIV The Efflorescence of American-Jewish Community

XXXV The Jewish State and World Jewry

XXXVI Israel, the United States, and the Struggle for Soviet Jewry



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