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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.

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"In the writing of history, there are no innocent decisions—especially if you are trying to write a compact book about a huge, complex, and polarizing subject, like Michael Brenner’s A Short History of the Jews." --Adam Kirsch, The New Republic

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Most fans donand#8217;t know how far the Jewish presence in baseball extends beyond a few famous players such as Greenberg, Rosen, Koufax, Holtzman, Green, Ausmus, Youkilis, Braun, and Kinsler. In fact, that presence extends to the baseball commissioner Bud Selig, labor leaders Marvin Miller and Don Fehr, owners Jerry Reinsdorf and Stuart Sternberg, officials Theo Epstein and Mark Shapiro, sportswriters Murray Chass, Ross Newhan, Ira Berkow, and Roger Kahn, and even famous Jewish baseball fans like Alan Dershowitz and Barney Frank.and#160;

The life stories of these and many others, on and off the field, have been compiled from nearly fifty in-depth interviews and arranged by decade in this edifying and entertaining work of oral and cultural history. In American Jews and Americaand#8217;s Game each person talks about growing up Jewish and dealing with Jewish identity, assimilation, intermarriage, future viability, religious observance, anti-Semitism, and Israel. Each tells about being in the midst of the colorful pantheon of players who, over the past seventy-five years or more, have made baseball what it is. Their stories tell, as no previous book has, the history of the larger-than-life role of Jews in Americaand#8217;s pastime.

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:
9780691143514
Author:
Brenner, Michael
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Translator:
Riemer, Jeremiah
Author:
Ruttman, Larry
Author:
Abramowitz, Martin
Author:
Selig, Allan H.
Author:
Riemer, Jeremiah
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Jews -- History.
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
Jewish studies
Subject:
Judaism - History
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
World History/Comparative History
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
European History
Subject:
Religion Western-Jewish History
Subject:
Baseball - History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
June 2010
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
91 color illus. 7 maps.
Pages:
440
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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History and Social Science » Sociology » Jewish Studies
Religion » Judaism » General
Religion » Judaism » History
Religion » Judaism » Jewish History

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Product details 440 pages Princeton University Press - English 9780691143514 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In the writing of history, there are no innocent decisions—especially if you are trying to write a compact book about a huge, complex, and polarizing subject, like Michael Brenner’s A Short History of the Jews." --
"Synopsis" by , Most fans donand#8217;t know how far the Jewish presence in baseball extends beyond a few famous players such as Greenberg, Rosen, Koufax, Holtzman, Green, Ausmus, Youkilis, Braun, and Kinsler. In fact, that presence extends to the baseball commissioner Bud Selig, labor leaders Marvin Miller and Don Fehr, owners Jerry Reinsdorf and Stuart Sternberg, officials Theo Epstein and Mark Shapiro, sportswriters Murray Chass, Ross Newhan, Ira Berkow, and Roger Kahn, and even famous Jewish baseball fans like Alan Dershowitz and Barney Frank.and#160;

The life stories of these and many others, on and off the field, have been compiled from nearly fifty in-depth interviews and arranged by decade in this edifying and entertaining work of oral and cultural history. In American Jews and Americaand#8217;s Game each person talks about growing up Jewish and dealing with Jewish identity, assimilation, intermarriage, future viability, religious observance, anti-Semitism, and Israel. Each tells about being in the midst of the colorful pantheon of players who, over the past seventy-five years or more, have made baseball what it is. Their stories tell, as no previous book has, the history of the larger-than-life role of Jews in Americaand#8217;s pastime.

"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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