History of the Jews in Modern Times

History of the Jews in Modern Times

History of the Jews in Modern Times Lloyd Gartner provides a vivid description of the changing fortunes of the Jewish communities of the Old World Europe the Middle East and beyond and their gradual expansion into the New World of the

  • Title: History of the Jews in Modern Times
  • Author: Lloyd P. Gartner
  • ISBN: 9780192892591
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lloyd Gartner provides a vivid description of the changing fortunes of the Jewish communities of the Old World Europe, the Middle East, and beyond and their gradual expansion into the New World of the Americas The book begins in 1650, when the Jewish population had fallen to roughly 1.25 million, less than one sixth of its peak at the start of the Christian era GartnerLloyd Gartner provides a vivid description of the changing fortunes of the Jewish communities of the Old World Europe, the Middle East, and beyond and their gradual expansion into the New World of the Americas The book begins in 1650, when the Jewish population had fallen to roughly 1.25 million, less than one sixth of its peak at the start of the Christian era Gartner leads us through the traditions, religious laws, communities, and their interactions with their neighbors, through the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and into Emancipation, the dark shadows of anti Semitism, and the Second World War, bringing us up to the present with Zionism and the founding of Israel Eminently readable and impeccably researched, the book is a superb introduction to one of the central threads of modern history.

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    This book is excellent until Gartner reaches the twentieth century, and then for me, he loses the thread. I came to this subject as a student taking a class in Modern Jewish History because I felt I didn't know enough about the subject. He treated the founding of Israel as an inevitability and the role of the Palestinians is completely absent from the final chapters. When they are mentioned, he is dismissive. To me, it reads as one-sided and heavy-handed. I've been trained as undergraduate in hi [...]

    An interesting look at the history of the Jewish people over the past 500-600 years. The writing style was a bit dry, but there was a lot of information in this book. I expected it to focus much more on the 20th century, and while there obviously were several chapters dedicated to the rise of Nazism, the holocaust and the founding of Israel, most of this book was dedicated to Jewish history during the 1700s and 1800s.Because of the dry character of the narrative I am not sure I would recommend t [...]

    This is a fairly typical book on modern Jewish History. On the plus-side: the language is fairly easy reading; it lacks a lot of historiographic jargon; never mentions Foucault; and is a reasonable length. On the minus side: it is almost exclusively focused on the Jewish experience in Europe and the founding of the State of Israel. Gartner's is a teleological view of history: modernity produced anti-semitism, anti-semitism produced the Holocaust, the holocaust produced the State of Israel.

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