History


Nemes - Sites of European Antisemitism

Sites of European Antisemitism in the Age of Mass Politics, 1880–1918

Robert Nemes, ed.; Daniel Unowsky, ed.
With an Afterward by Hillel J. Kieval

Explores local incidents of antisemitism and antisemitic violence across Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Everyday Jewish Life in Imperial Russia

Everyday Jewish Life in Imperial Russia

Select Documents, 1772–1914
ChaeRan Y. Freeze, ed.; Jay M. Harris, ed.

An astounding compilation of primary source documents dealing with all aspects of Jewish daily life in the Russian empire.

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Faith of Fallen Jews

The Faith of Fallen Jews

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi and the Writing of Jewish History
David N. Myers, ed.; Alexander Kaye, ed.

Brings together key writings by one of the most distinguished and renowned Jewish historians of our time.

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Altshuler

Religion and Jewish Identity in the Soviet Union, 1941–1964

Mordechai Altshuler

Unearths the roots of a national awakening among Soviet Jews during World War II and its aftermath.

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Jews Welcome Coffee

Jews Welcome Coffee

Tradition and Innovation in Early Modern Germany

Robert Liberles

A lively look at how coffee affected Jewish life in early modern Germany.

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David Assaf

Untold Tales of the Hasidim

Crisis and Discontent in the History of Hasidim

New in Paperback

David Assaf

Reveals the untold tale of shocking events and anomalous figures in the history of Hasidism.

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laqueur

Best of Times, Worst of Times

Memoirs of a Political Education
Walter Laqueur

A memoir by a highly respected historian and political commentator

Walter Laqueur has been writing and teaching for over six decades, primarily in the fields of twentieth- century history and politics. In this engaging memoir, Laqueur focuses on the political and historical events that have shaped his thinking and inspired his intellectual work.

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reinharz & shavit

Glorious, Accursed Europe

An Essay on Jewish Ambivalence

Jehuda Reinharz and Yaacov Shavit

An exhaustive study of how Jews imagined the idea of Europe and how it existed in their collective memory from the Enlightenment to the present.

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 jewish nation

Photographing the Jewish Nation

Pictures from S. An-sky's Ethnographic Expeditions

Eugene M. Avrutin, Valerii Dymshits, Alexander Lvov, Harriet Murav, Alla Sokolova, editors

From 1912 to 1914, S. An-sky and the photographer Solomon Iudovin gathered materials and took photographs of Jewish daily life in pre-Revolutionary Russia’s Pale of Settlement. Photographing the Jewish Nation offers English-language readers their first look at over 170 extraordinary, recently rediscovered photographs from their expeditions.

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bialystok

The Jews of Białystok during World War II and the Holocaust

Sara Bender, Yaffa Murciano, translator

“Sara Bender’s book is an outstanding example of what a historian can do to illuminate the real, not the imagined, history of the Shoah. This thorough investigation of both German policies and, mainly, the Jewish reactions to the unexpected onslaught on Jewish lives, does away with preconceptions and historical errors. A most important addition to our knowledge.”—Prof. Yehuda Bauer, Academic Adviser of Yad Vashem

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orientialism and the jews

Orientalism and the Jews

Ivan Davidson Kalmar and Derek Penslar, eds.

"The essays in this highly original work take the relationship of the Jews to Orientalism in unexpected directions, thus demanding a thoroughgoing revision of Orientalism itself."
— David Biale, University of California, Davis

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resplendent synagogue 

Resplendent Synagogue: Architecture and Worship in an Eighteenth-Century Polish Community

Thomas C. Hubka

"Through the meticulous analysis of a single wooden synagogue, he opens before us the nearly undocumented pre-Hasidic popular culture of Eastern European Jews."
— Michael Steinlauf, Gratz College

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community and conscience

Community and Conscience: The Jews in Apartheid South Africa

Gideon Shimoni

The first thorough account of South African Jewish religious, political and educational institutions in relation to the apartheid regime.

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jewish marriage and divorce in imperial russia

Jewish Marriage and Divorce in Imperial Russia

ChaeRan Y. Freeze

"Fascinating and very well written, this outstanding book advances our understanding of the history of the Jewish family by a quantum leap."
— David Biale, University of California, Davis

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generation exodus

Generation Exodus: The Fate of Young Jewish Refugees from Nazi Germany

Walter Laqueur

"Laqueur has undertaken the daunting task of writing the collective biography of a generation unique in history: the children of the German-Jewish families who fled Germany in the 1930s . . . As someone who shared this experience, I can testify that Laqueur has succeeded admirably."
— Henry A. Kissinger

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jewish history and jewish memory 

Jewish History and Jewish Memory: Essays in Honor of Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi

Elisheva Carlebach, John M. Efron and David M. Myers, eds.

"This refreshing panorama of the diverse vistas of Jewish history and thought offers students and scholars of Jewish studies valuable new material and fresh insights across a time span from medieval to modern times."
— Shmuel Feiner, Bar Ilan University

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a house divided

A House Divided: Orthodoxy and Schism in Nineteenth-Century Central European Jewry

Jacob Katz

An eminent social historian examines the rise and transformation of Jewish communal leadership in Central Europe. His story of fragmentation and polarization sheds light on the tensions within the Jewish community as it struggled to respond to modernization.

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encounter with the

Encounter with the “Holy Land:” Place, Past and Future in American Jewish Culture

Jeffery Shandler and Beth S. Wegner, eds.

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Arthur A. Goren and the editors examine American tourism and travel to pre-state Israel, representations of the holy land in exhibitions and world fairs, and the symbols and public culture of American Zionism.

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from text to context

From Text to Context: The Turn to History in Modern Judaism

Ismar Schorsch

Essays examining the emergence of Jewish scholarship during the period 1818-1919, concentrating on the Wissenschaft des Judentums movement.

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confronting the nation

Confronting the Nation: Jewish and Western Nationalism

George L. Mosse

"This collection showcases Mosse’s extraordinary talents as a European intellectual and cultural historian."
— Richard Breitman, American University

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poles and jews

Poles and Jews: A Failed Brotherhood

Magdalena Opalski and Israel Bartal

Examines Polish and Jewish perceptions of the rapprochement culminating in Polish national insurrection against Czarist Russia in 1863.

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the jews of poland

The Jews of Poland Between Two World Wars

Yisrael Gutman, Ezra Mendelsohn, Jehuda Reinharz and Chone Shmeruk, eds.

Original essays by distinguished scholars on all aspects of Jewish life in Poland from 1918 to 1939.

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jews in british india

Jews in British India: Identity in a Colonial Era

Joan G. Roland

Focusing primarily on the Bene Israel and Baghdadis in the late 19th and 20th centuries, Joan Roland describes how identities begun under the Indian caste system changed with British colonial rule, and then how the struggle for Indian independence and the establishment of a Jewish homeland raised even further questions.

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living with antisemitism 

Living with Antisemitism: Modern Jewish Responses

Jehuda Reinharz

"Essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the contemporary Jewish condition in a world still ridden with anti-Semitism."
— Jerusalem Post

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the darker side of genius 

The Darker Side of Genius: Richard Wagner’s Anti-Semitism

Jacob Katz

Richard Wagner’s antisemitism considered in the context of his time, place and aspirations rather than in relation to his later appropriation by the Nazis.

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the jewish response to german culture

The Jewish Response to German Culture: From Enlightenment to the Second World War

Jehuda Reinharz and Walter Schatzberg, eds.

"A valuable contribution to the continuing flow of studies of German Jews and their relations with the rest of German society in the last two centuries."
— American Historical Review

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the jews in modern france

The Jews in Modern France

Frances Malino and Bernard Wasserstein, eds.

"Specialists in both French and Jewish history will welcome this important collection . . . Most valuable is the essays’ integration of Jewish history within the larger sweep of French history."
— Library Journal

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french and germans, germans and french 

French and Germans, Germans and French: A Personal Interpretation of France under Two Occupations, 1914-1918/1940-1944

Richard Cobb

"A splendid book for comprehending human kind."
— The Economist

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