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  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Pennsylvania Pr (Aug. 16 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812219074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812219074
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.3 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #879,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The book represents a remarkable achievement. Bartal presents the broad contours of nineteenth-century East European Jewish history even as he reworks them into a nontraditional narrative. He offers readers basic information about the staple features of the East European Jewish story-including the Hasidic and haskalah movements, the struggle for emancipation in two empires, the shtetl, population growth, urbanization, emigration, the crystallization of orthodox Judaism, and the rise of Jewish nationalism-while at the same time challenging us to think about the significance of those features in unconventional ways."-David Engel, New York University "Bartal synthesizes a crucial period and revises the traditional understanding of key events. In fact, he alters in a substantial way the 'master narrative' of modern Jewish history."-Gershon Hundert, McGill University "Bartal offers basic material about East European life... The Jews of Eastern Europe, 1772-1881 is recommended for all Judaica libraries and libraries housing works on Jewish history."-AJL Newsletter

About the Author

Israel Bartal is Avraham Harman Chair in Jewish History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Among his books are The Records of the Council of the Four Lands, Volume 1: 1580-1792, Exile in the Homeland, and Poles and Jews: A Failed Brotherhood (with Magdalena Opalski).

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In his book “The Jews of Eastern Europe 1772 – 1881”, Israel Bartal explains the effects of Poland’s partition at the end of XVIII century between Prussia, Russia and Austria on Polish Jewry. He analyzes the situation of Jews under Russia and Austria but only briefly mentions the Jews under Prussian occupation (The Greater Poland with Poznan) treating them as a part of the history of German Jewry than Polish Jewry (p.89) ( Westjuden vs. Ostjuden ). This is a major fault of this otherwise a good work.
Antony Polonsky in his excellent book “The Jews in Poland and Russia” emphasizes the importance of the history of the Jews in the Prussian partition (Greater Poland and Poznan). This is a first area in former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth where the Jews achieved the civil emancipation (1848 and 1869) . “It was primarily from Prussian Poland that the influence of the Haskalah spread to the rest of Poland” ( Polonsky, Volume I, p.223).
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Interesting reading March 23 2007
By M. Lucka - Published on
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This book was a good read for all jews, not just ashkenazi jews whos roots were from this region. I did enjoy learning about the lifestyles and how jews had not just fit into these societies, but also flourished during this time. One thing that neeeds to be brought to attention is most of this book deals with polish and russian jews, which had the 1st and 2nd highest population of jews in the world at that time, but the author failed in writing much about Romania which had the 3rd highest population of jews at the time and borders Ukraine and is directly south of Poland. Maybe so because there are sephardic jews in Romania as well as Ashkenazi, I'm not sure, but this was the only part lacking from this book. If you're gonna mention this region, Romania is directly in the middle of it. All and all an interesting read and well worth adding to my collection
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Good, for a textbook. June 2 2008
By J. Friedman - Published on
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I was assigned this book for a college course in Modern Jewish History. The book was actually very interesting and presented a compelling argument for its definition of the modern era of Jewish history. It was easy to understand and surprisingly engaging. I wouldn't pick it up for fun, but as far as school reading goes, it's a nice book to be stuck with.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Interesting Read Feb. 8 2012
By Isaac Furniss - Published on
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This is an interesting look at Jewish life from approximately 1300 CE on. It covers the partitions of Poland, life in Austria, Prussia, and Russia, and more. I am reading it for a class on antisemitism in Europe and it is a nice background along with our other required readings.
An amazing overview. I have learned a tremendous amount about ... Sept. 21 2014
By Lynda M. Moss - Published on
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An amazing overview. I have learned a tremendous amount about my descendants.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Cultural History often overlooked June 30 2012
By Curious - Published on
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The topic is reasonably useful to depict a subject generally ignored for a large ethnic/religious group. Depending on circumstances, some similar work may need to address current handling of Islamic peoples in Europe both at this time and over the past 40-60 years. I would hope for a work that might have been a bit less textbook in nature and might convey as much the spirit of cultural as well as political conflicts.