A History of the Jewish People

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Haim Hillel Ben-Sasson
Harvard University Press, 1976 - History - 1170 pages
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A History of the Jewish People presents a total vision of Jewish experiences and achievements--religious, political, social, and economic--in both the land of Israel and the diaspora throughout the ages. It has been acclaimed as the most comprehensive and penetrating work yet to have appeared in its field.

Six distinguished scholars at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, have set forth here for the first time the authentic story of the Jewish past that is relevant to the Jewish present. Special attention is paid to the significant historical sources that have come to light in the past decades, to the findings of archaeological research, and to source materials in Jewish studies such as talmudic literature--sources that have too often been ignored by historians.

  

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User Review  - Bob Mendelsohn - Goodreads

Compared to other histories Ben Sasson stands out well. He edits this history in a deep fashion. Others are more readable, but his is deeper and fuller. I like his writing as a great resource for the depth of his perspective and seeing the Jewish people in the midst of the world of nations. Read full review

Review: A History of the Jewish People

User Review  - Melanie - Goodreads

First used as a textbook in a religious studies class on Jewish history after 70CE. I'm revisiting this in bits and pieces for its broad survey of Jewish history. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Canaan Before and During the Israelite Conquest
10
The Dawn of Israel
28
Conquest and Settlement
47
The Period of the Judges
67
The Struggle Against the Philistines
80
PART II
89
The United Monarchy
91
Jewish Autonomy from the Black Death to the Reformation
593
Spiritual and Social Creativity
612
Jewish Settlement and Economic Activity in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
628
Changes in the Legal and Social Status of the Jews
646
Institutions and Trends
659
The Social Ideals of Jewry at the End of the Middle Ages
691
PART VI
703
The Modern Period
723

The Period of the Two Kingdoms
110
The Decline Rise and Destruction of the Kingdom of Israel
124
Judah from the Fall of Samaria to the Fall of Jerusalem
139
The Babylonian Exile and the Restoration
159
PART III
179
The Period of the Second Temple M Stern
183
Palestine Under the Rule of the Hellenistic Kingdoms
185
The Social and Governmental Structure of Judea Under the Ptolemies and Seleucids
191
The Decrees Against the Jewish Religion and the Establishment of the Hasmonean State
201
The Hasmonean State
217
The Political and Social History of Judea Under Roman Rule
239
The Jewish Diaspora in the Second Temple Era
277
Religion and Literature
282
The Great Revolt
296
PART IV
305
The Characteristics of the Era
307
The Jews in the Land of Israel 70335 314
335
From the Roman Anarchy Until the Abolition of the Patriarchate 235425
343
From the Abolition of the Patriarchate to the Arab Conquest 425640
357
The Lands of the Diaspora
364
PART v
379
Introduction
385
Diaspora Configuration and Jewish Occupation Patterns at the Beginning of the Middle Ages
393
Effects of Religious Animosity on the Jews
403
The Flowering of Centralized Leadership and the Rise of Local Leadership
421
Jewish Social and Cultural Life Until the End of the Eleventh Century
439
The Status and Economic Structure of Jewish Communities 10961348
462
Changes in the Legal Status and the Security of the Jews
477
Leadership by Local Institutions and Scholars
490
Social Life and Cultural Achievement
517
The Collapse of Old Settlements and the Establishment of New Ones 13481517
561
Popular Pressure Against the Status of the Jews
574
Introduction
727
Migration and Economic Activity in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
733
The Attitude of European Society in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
741
Legal Status in the Absolutist States and During the French Revolution
750
The Internal Struggle in East European Jewry
764
The Jewish Community in Western and Central Europe
777
Demographic Changes and Economic Activity in the Nineteenth Century
790
The Struggle for Emancipation in Western and Central Europe
800
The Struggle for Emancipation in Eastern Europe
813
Integration into the NonJewish World in the Nineteenth Century
825
Ideological Changes in Jewish Society in the Nineteenth Century
834
The New Patterns of Jewish Organization in the West in the Nineteenth Century
847
The Failure of Emancipation the Struggle for Survival and National Rebirth 18811948
853
Demographic Changes and Economic Activity at the End of the Nineteenth and Beginning of the Twentieth Centuries
859
Modern AntiSemitism and the Appearance of AntiSemitic Parties
870
AntiSemitism as Official Government Policy in Eastern Europe
881
The Growth of the Jewish National Movement and the Burgeoning of Independent Political Activity
891
The Socialist Movement Among Jews Before the First World War
908
The Growth of the Jewish Centre in Palestine Before the British Occupation
915
the Strengthening of Ties Between Jewish Communities and Their Increasing Role in Gentile Society
927
New Trends in the Development of the Jewish People After the First World War
939
Jews as a National Minority in East and Central European Countries Between the Wars
949
Soviet Jewry Between the Wars
964
American and West European Jewry Between the Wars
979
The Zionist Movement and the National Home Between the World Wars
989
The Second World War and the Holocaust
1017
The Struggle for Independence and the Establishment of the State of Israel
1040
The Diaspora After the Second World War
1063
The Consolidation of the State of Israel
1075
Bibliography
1097
Index
1124
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