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History of the Jews in Modern Times

History of the Jews in Modern Times
Author: Lloyd P. Gartner
ISBN 13: 9780192892591
ISBN 10: 192892592
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2001-02-08
Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
List Price: $49.95

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. 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.