The Jews: A History by John EfronThe Jews: A History by John Efron

The Jews: A History

byJohn Efron, Steven Weitzman, Matthias Lehmann

Paperback | July 3, 2008

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New research has conspired to unsettle many established ideas about the Jewish past, challenging how historians have thought about and described it, and sometimes making it appear less accessible than it was thought to be in earlier generations.  While these recent developments would appear to make a history of the Jewish people more difficult, the authors ofThe Jews: A Historybelieve it has deepened and broadened our understanding.  Though the reader will find inThe Jewsmany familiar names, in its pages will also be found a broader spectrum of people: mothers, children, workers, students, artists, and radicals whose perspectives greatly expands the story of Jewish life from ancient times to the present.
John Efronholds the Koret Chair in Jewish History at the University of California-Berkeley, where he is a specialist in the cultural and social history of German Jewry.  A native of Melbourne, Australia, he has a B.A. from Monash University in Melbourne, has studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, took his M.A. at New York Unive...
Title:The Jews: A HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.84 × 7.96 × 1.03 inPublished:July 3, 2008Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

The Jews: A History


  John Efron, Joshua Holo, Matthias Lehmann and Steven Weitzman


Table of Contents





Chapter 1 Ancient Israel and other Ancestors    

Chapter 2 Becoming the People of the Book

Chapter 3 Jews and Greeks, Jews in Greek

Chapter 4 Between Caesar and God

Chapter 5 Rabbinic Revelations       

Chapter 6 Under the Crescent         

Chapter 7 Under the Cross               

Chapter 8 A Jewish Renaissance       

Chapter 9 New Worlds, East and West                           

Chapter 10 The State of the Jews, Jews and the State    

Chapter 11 Modern Transformations                                                           

Chapter 12 The Politics of Being Jewish                                                      

Chapter 13 A World Upended                                                                      

Chapter 14 The Holocaust                                                                             

Chapter 15 Difficult Freedoms       




Editorial Reviews

"The Jews is well written, conceptually clear, lively, interesting, and informative. It strikes just the right balance between sketching out the major issues and providing enough detail so that students who have no background can fully understand the main point. The authors understand all the major issues in Jewish history and are capable of presenting those issues in a clear and engaging manner."   -- Marsha Rozenblit, University of Maryland    “The Jews is a highly accessible, attractive, and lively account of the fortunes, failures, and accomplishments of the Jews from biblical times to the present.  It is distinguished by the attention it gives to average Jews and to everyday life.  Drawing upon the special expertise of the authors, it seeks, above all, to understand and to explain a complex history. Without going into excessive detail, it makes the reader aware of continuing controversies of interpretation and cites from sources that are of special interest.”   -- Michael Meyer, Hebrew Union College   “This is a superb, wide-ranging, and well-written book.  The task at hand is an exceptionally difficult one, given the wide varieties and geographic dispersion of Jews throughout the world.  To pull together the various strands is a great challenge.  With admirable skill, the authors have succeeded in doing so–indeed, in producing perhaps the best single volume on the Jewish experience.”    -- David Myers, University of California Los Angeles