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A Short History of the Jews

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This is a sweeping and powerful narrative history of the Jewish people from biblical times to today. Based on the latest scholarship and richly illustrated, it is the most authoritative and accessible chronicle of the Jewish experience available. Michael Brenner tells a dramatic story of change and migration deeply rooted in tradition, taking readers from the mythic wanderings of Moses to the unspeakable atrocities of the Holocaust; from the Babylonian exile to the founding of the modern state of Israel; and from the Sephardic communities under medieval Islam to the shtetls of eastern Europe and the Hasidic enclaves of modern-day Brooklyn. The book is full of fascinating personal stories of exodus and return, from that told about Abraham, who brought his newfound faith into Canaan, to that of Holocaust survivor Esther Barkai, who lived on a kibbutz established on a German estate seized from the Nazi Julius Streicher as she awaited resettlement in Israel. Describing the events and people that have shaped Jewish history, and highlighting the important contributions Jews have made to the arts, politics, religion, and science, A Short History of the Jews is a compelling blend of storytelling and scholarship that brings the Jewish past marvelously to life.

Synopsis:

"Drawing on the best recent scholarship and wearing his formidable learning lightly, Michael Brenner has produced a remarkable synoptic survey of Jewish history. His book must be considered a standard against which all such efforts to master and make sense of the Jewish past should be measured."--Stephen J. Whitfield, Brandeis University

"With his characteristically deft touch, Michael Brenner has produced a sweeping and riveting account of Jewish history from Biblical times until the present day. This slender volume is lively, engaging, and a pleasure to read."--John M. Efron, University of California, Berkeley

"Brenner is a proven author with a broad competence in Jewish history, which makes him one of the few Jewish historians able to handle a volume of such large scope. His book has a novel approach that sets it apart from other one-volume histories. It is intended as a first book in Jewish history for readers with little knowledge of the subject. The style is extraordinarily readable."--Michael A. Meyer, author of Judaism within Modernity

Synopsis:

This is a sweeping and powerful narrative history of the Jewish people from biblical times to today. Based on the latest scholarship and richly illustrated, it is the most authoritative and accessible chronicle of the Jewish experience available. Michael Brenner tells a dramatic story of change and migration deeply rooted in tradition, taking readers from the mythic wanderings of Moses to the unspeakable atrocities of the Holocaust; from the Babylonian exile to the founding of the modern state of Israel; and from the Sephardic communities under medieval Islam to the shtetls of eastern Europe and the Hasidic enclaves of modern-day Brooklyn. The book is full of fascinating personal stories of exodus and return, from that told about Abraham, who brought his newfound faith into Canaan, to that of Holocaust survivor Esther Barkai, who lived on a kibbutz established on a German estate seized from the Nazi Julius Streicher as she awaited resettlement in Israel. Describing the events and people that have shaped Jewish history, and highlighting the important contributions Jews have made to the arts, politics, religion, and science, A Short History of the Jews is a compelling blend of storytelling and scholarship that brings the Jewish past marvelously to life.

About the Author

Michael Brenner is professor of Jewish history and culture at the University of Munich. His books include "Zionism: A Brief History" and "After the Holocaust: Rebuilding Jewish Lives in Postwar Germany" (Princeton).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: From Ur to Canaan

A Wandering People 1

Chapter 2: From Exile Back Home

Priests and Prophets 19

Chapter 3: From Hebrew into Greek

Disdain and Admiration 31

Chapter 4: From Modiin to Jerusalem

A Jewish State Stands and Falls 39

Chapter 5: From Jerusalem to Yavneh

The Diaspora Legitimates Itself 55

Chapter 6: From Medina to Baghdad

Under Islamic Rule 69

Chapter 7: From Sura to Cordoba

Sepharad--Jewish Culture on the Iberian Peninsula 83

Chapter 8: From Lucca to Mainz

Ashkenaz--The Roots of Central European Jewry 95

Chapter 9: From Lisbon to Venice

Expulsions and Their Aftermath 117

Chapter 10: From Khaybar to Rome

Messianic and Mystical Movements 137

Chapter 11: From West to East

A New Center in Poland 151

Chapter 12: From Dessau to Berlin

Rural Jews, Court Jews, and Enlightenment Philosophers 167

Chapter 13: From the Ghetto to Civil Society

Political Emancipation and Religious Reform 189

Chapter 14: From Posen to New Orleans

Starting Over in America 209

Chapter 15: From the Shtetl to the Lower East Side

East European Jewish Dreams and American Realities 223

Chapter 16: From Budapest to Tel Aviv

An "Old New Land" in Zion 255

Chapter 17: From Tétouan to Teheran

The Europeanization of Jews in the Islamic World 273

Chapter 18: From Czernowitz to Cerna?ut,i

Political Crisis and Cultural

Florescence between the Wars 287

Chapter 19: From Everywhere to Auschwitz

Annihilation 319

Chapter 20: From Julius Streicher's Farm to the Kibbutz

The Jewish World after the Holocaust 349

Appendix: Jewish History in Numbers 389

Further Reading 393

Picture Credits 401

Index of Names 405

Index of Place Names 415

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691154978
Author:
Brenner, Michael
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Riemer, Jeremiah
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Jewish studies
Subject:
World History/Comparative History
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
European History
Subject:
Religion Western-Jewish History
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
92 halftones. 1 table. 5 maps.
Pages:
440
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , "Drawing on the best recent scholarship and wearing his formidable learning lightly, Michael Brenner has produced a remarkable synoptic survey of Jewish history. His book must be considered a standard against which all such efforts to master and make sense of the Jewish past should be measured."--Stephen J. Whitfield, Brandeis University

"With his characteristically deft touch, Michael Brenner has produced a sweeping and riveting account of Jewish history from Biblical times until the present day. This slender volume is lively, engaging, and a pleasure to read."--John M. Efron, University of California, Berkeley

"Brenner is a proven author with a broad competence in Jewish history, which makes him one of the few Jewish historians able to handle a volume of such large scope. His book has a novel approach that sets it apart from other one-volume histories. It is intended as a first book in Jewish history for readers with little knowledge of the subject. The style is extraordinarily readable."--Michael A. Meyer, author of Judaism within Modernity

"Synopsis" by , This is a sweeping and powerful narrative history of the Jewish people from biblical times to today. Based on the latest scholarship and richly illustrated, it is the most authoritative and accessible chronicle of the Jewish experience available. Michael Brenner tells a dramatic story of change and migration deeply rooted in tradition, taking readers from the mythic wanderings of Moses to the unspeakable atrocities of the Holocaust; from the Babylonian exile to the founding of the modern state of Israel; and from the Sephardic communities under medieval Islam to the shtetls of eastern Europe and the Hasidic enclaves of modern-day Brooklyn. The book is full of fascinating personal stories of exodus and return, from that told about Abraham, who brought his newfound faith into Canaan, to that of Holocaust survivor Esther Barkai, who lived on a kibbutz established on a German estate seized from the Nazi Julius Streicher as she awaited resettlement in Israel. Describing the events and people that have shaped Jewish history, and highlighting the important contributions Jews have made to the arts, politics, religion, and science, A Short History of the Jews is a compelling blend of storytelling and scholarship that brings the Jewish past marvelously to life.
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