A History of the Jews in the Modern World

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Knopf, 2005 - 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 Worldprovides a source of unsurpassed intellectual richness for university students and educated laypersons alike.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An ambitious, thoroughly accessible account of the so often unhappy fortunes of the Jewish people from the early modern era to the present.In the late 18th century, writes Sachar (History/George ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Howard M. Sachar is the author of fifteen books and the editor of the thirty-nine-volume The Rise of Israel: A Documentary History. He is Professor of Modern History Emeritus at George Washington University.

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