A History of the Jews in the Modern World

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Vintage Books, 2006 - History - 831 pages
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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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Contents

The jew as No1Eur01ean
3
Gimmering 0_Dawn in the IVest
18
In flm113011cnt Emancipation in the IVest
34
The jews of Tsarist Russia
51
Jatian in the West
73
I e_hardirOrienta Diaspora
138
The Rise qfjewish Life in flmeriru
155
4exam1er II and the Era of Enlightenment
175
The Trfunqflh qfB01she11 m
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The Balfour Deraration and the jewish National Home
344
19191939
399
The Hooraust ofEuroezm jewry
517
XXVIIl The Final Solution ami the Struggefbrjewish Survívtł
551
The Birth oflsraef
572
A Latin Israel in the Southern I1enzishere
668
PQOGV The Efior1srnc qfAme1iranJewish C0mmumt_y
685

Russian Twilight The Era jP0gr0ms z1nJM1y Laws
193
18811914
207
The Onset af Modern Antisemilism
222
The Mzlfzltiarz 0_Racism
242
The Rise qfzianism 155
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The E110ution afjwwish Radiraism Tlrarist Russia
284
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310
QXV The _ewish State and IVarz1_ewr_y
702
Israel the United States and the Sfruggefor Sovietjewry
717
Aflerword
736
Bibliography
745
Index
787
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About the author (2006)

Dr. Sachar received his undergraduate education at Swarthmore and took his graduate degrees at Harvard. He has taught Modern European, Jewish, and Middle Eastern history, and lived in the Middle East for six years, two of them on fellowship, the rest as founder-director of Brandeis University's Hiatt Institute in Jerusalem. Dr. Sachar has contributed to many scholarly journals, is the author of numerous books, and the editor of the thirty-ninevolume The Rise of Israel: A Documentary History. He serves as Charles E. Smith Professor of history at George Washington University, is a consultant and lecturer on Middle Eastern affairs for numerous governmental bodies, and lectures widely in the United States and abroad.

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