A History of the Jews in the Modern World (Google eBook)
The distinguished historian of the Jewish people, Howard M. Sachar, gives us a comprehensive and enthralling chronicle of the achievements and traumas of the Jews over the last four hundred years.
Tracking their fate from Western Europe’s age of mercantilism in the seventeenth century to the post-Soviet and post-imperialist Islamic upheavals of the twenty-first century, Sachar applies his renowned narrative skill to the central role of the Jews in many of the most impressive achievements of modern civilization: whether in the rise of economic capitalism or of political socialism; in the discoveries of theoretical physics or applied medicine; in “higher” literary criticism or mass communication and popular entertainment.
As his account unfolds and moves from epoch to epoch, from continent to continent, from Europe to the Americas and the Middle East, Sachar evaluates communities that, until lately, have been underestimated in the perspective of Jewish and world history—among them, Jews of Sephardic provenance, of the Moslem regions, and of Africa. By the same token, Sachar applies a master’s hand in describing and deciphering the Jews’ unique exposure and functional usefulness to totalitarian movements—fascist, Nazi, and Stalinist. In the process, he shines an unsparing light on the often widely dissimilar behavior of separate European peoples, and on separate Jewish populations, during the Holocaust.
A distillation of the author’s lifetime of scholarly research and teaching experience, A History of the Jews in the Modern World provides a source of unsurpassed intellectual richness for university students and educated laypersons alike.
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A history of the Jews in the modern worldUser Review - Book Verdict
Sachar (history, emeritus, George Washington Univ; A History of Israel ) wrote The Course of Modern Jewish History almost 50 years ago. Known for encyclopedic but nimbly written works that appeal to the informed lay reader, he here revisits the gargantuan subject of Jewish history from the 18th century to the present. Organized into digestible chapters that are both thoughtful and appealing, the text ably balances narrative (e.g., "Sephardic-Oriental Diaspora") with theoretical overview (e.g., "The Impact of Western Culture on Jewish Life"). Sachar touches only briefly on Israel, which he has treated fully elsewhere. Though readers will want to consult his separate A History of the Jews in America for a full rendition of that story, the material presented here provides more than a basic overview. Sachar has filled a definite gap; David Vital's APeople Apart: The Jews in Europe, 1789-1939 ably addresses parts of the subject, but Sachar provides a fuller worldview. A crowning achievement of a lifetime of diligent research and writing (complete with comprehensive bibliography and index), this book is highly recommended for most libraries, although an academic audience would expect source notes.--Paul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., Ill.
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I really had no clue as to the extreme persecution that the Jewish people have undergone for thousands of years, and the achievements they've produced in spite of it. This is a very timely book as ... Read full review