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Martin Gilbert

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Feb. 23 2010 0415558115 978-0415558112 8

'An unusual and compelling insight into Jewish history... sheer detail and breadth of scale' BBC History Magazine

This newly revised and updated edition of Martin Gilbert’s Atlas of Jewish History spans over four thousand years of history in 154 maps, presenting a vivid picture of a fascinating people and the trials and tribulations which have haunted their story.

The themes covered include:

    • Prejudice and Violence- from the destruction of Jewish independence between 722 and 586 BC to the flight from German persecution in the 1930s. Also covers the incidence of anti-semitic attacks in the Americas and Europe.
    • Migrations and Movements- from the entry into the promised land to Jewish migration in the twenty- first century, including new maps on recent emigration to Israel from Europe and worldwide.
    • Society, Trade and Culture- from Jewish trade routes between 800 and 900 to the situation of world Jewry in the opening years of the twenty- first century.
    • Politics, Government and War- from the Court Jews of the fifteenth century to the founding and growth of the modern State of Israel.

This new edition is also updated to include maps showing Jewish museums in the United States and Canada, and Europe, as well as American conservation efforts abroad. Other topics covered in this revised edition include Jewish educational outreach projects in various parts of the world, and Jews living under Muslim rule. Forty years on from its first publication, this book is still an indispensible guide to Jewish history.


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'A useful reference book that will support various academic subjects.' - Reference Reviews

'For sheer detail and breadth of scale they (maps) offer essential reference for students, teachers.' - Fergus Collins, BBC History Magazine --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Sir Martin Gilbert is one of the leading historians of the modern world. An Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford - of which he was a Fellow for thirty years - he is the official biographer of Churchill and the author of eighty-two books, among them Churchill - A Life, Churchill and the Jews, Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction, The Righteous: The Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust, and Never Again: A History of the Holocaust. For more information please visit www.martingilbert.com


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outline of the history of the Jews from Ur to the modern State of Israel Oct. 25 2009
By Gary Selikow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This fascinating Atlas traces the history of the Jewish people, from the early Jewish migration from Ur to Canaan, in about 2000 BC, up to developments in the modern State of Israel.
He traces the migration of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt back to the Promised Land, and the conquest of the Promised Land by the Israelites, the whereabouts of the Twelve Tribes of Ancient Israel, the kingdoms of David and Solomon 1000 to 925 BC, as well as the destruction of Jewish independence by the Assyrians and Babylonians and the subsequent deportations and dispersions of the Israelites.
The book shows us maps revealing the Hasmonean Kingdom and the Jewish revolts against Roman Rule.
Gilbert outlines the development of ancient Jewish communities in Iraq, Persia, India and China, as well as Europe, the persecutions, pogroms, expulsions and different places of settlements of the Jews throughout the world.
The book deals with some lesser known facts such as the whereabouts of the Karaite Jews, 10 000 of whom were murdered by the Nazis in Crimea, in 1943, the fact that in 1805 Napoleon formed a Jewish battalion that fought at Waterloo, while in 1799 the Jews of Jerusalem joined the Turks in preparing to defend the city, and in 1812, the Jews of Russia, supported their Russian overlords against Napoleon, as they feared that Napoleon's liberalization would be a threat to their orthodoxy.
A fascinating map shows the possible whereabouts of the ten lost Tribes of Israel, and the intriguing possibility that their descendants could include the Ibos of Nigeria, the Masai Tribe of East Africa, the Berbers of North Africa, the Khazars, the Bnei Menashe of Eastern
India, the Karens of Burma, and the Shinadai Tribe of Japan.
Other maps show the development of Jewish life in the Americas, Jewish military activity from from 1794 to 1967, the return of the Jews to the Land of Israel, the numbers of Jews in Europe at the outbreak of World War II, and those that perished in the Holocaust, the numbers of Jews who fled Europe for Palestine, during the Holocaust, Jewish resistance against Nazis persecution in Europe, and against Arab pogroms in Palestine, and Israel's War of Independence in 1948, the Suez War of 1956 and the Six Day war of 1967, describing the balance on the eve of that war of Arab and Israeli forces:
The total Arab strength was 547 000 troops, 2 504 tanks and 957 combat aircrafts, while Israel's strength consisted of 264 000 troops, 800 tanks and 300 Combat aircrafts.
While the author is correct about persecution in Europe, of the Jews, by Christians, he underestimates and does not fully describe the many massacres and pogroms against Jews in Moslem-ruled lands, as well as the severe dhimmni status under which they lived.
Nevertheless Gilbert succeeds, in illustrating the vast panorama of the Jewish people, through the ages.
He makes obscure periods in Jewish history better known, if only in outline, leaving the reader the task of embarking on deeper research.
Finally the book leaves the reader amazed at the endurability of a people who survived thousands of years of hostility and attempts to destroy it, and were gathered together once again in their ancient homeland, having to defend their homeland against 100 million Arabs, and a very large chunk of hostile world opinion.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Routledge Atlas of Jewish History July 20 2005
By Geoffrey A. Jacobs - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gave me a visual perspective on the movement, persecution and historical events of Jewish history that I had struggled to gain from pure text sources. It brought names and places to light and enhanced my understanding of events. It is a worthwhile addition to the collection on this subject.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compact overview of Jewish history Oct. 12 2004
By Shalom Freedman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
These excellently done maps when taken together provide an excellent overview of Jewish history. They provide a tremendous amount of information and food for thought. Moving from one to another new perspectives open up on Jewish history. Maps of course can be no substitute for the story and the text, but this is truly a wonderful tool for helping one understand Jewish history more deeply.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive visual History of the Jewish People Jan. 9 2007
By Catherine Nemiroff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This atlas is on par with the best written histories. Used in conjunction with a written account it elucidates the complex history of the Jewish people from Biblical through modern times. It presents the the trade routes, settlements and life under the rule of various forces, illustrating the Jewish interface with other cultures.

A must for every Jewish school and library.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful reference July 22 2006
By Jill Malter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a surprisingly good reference on the elements of Jewish history, given that it is pretty much all maps.

We see the extent of the Kingdom of David and Solomon. The Hasmonean Kingdom. Jews of India and China. There is some good material about Jews under Muslim rule. We learn about the Khazars. The Karaites. Jews of Europe. Forcible conversions and expulsions. Blood Libels. The emancipation of some European Jews. The rise of Zionism. Birobidjan. World War Two. Jewish immigration to Israel. Jewish populations in the 21st century. Anti-Semitism in the 21st century. And much more.

What's missing? Well, there are a few places where I think Gilbert should have included a little more material. First, I think it would be good to see a little more on the history of early Christian oppression and hatred of Jews, from around 300 AD to around 600 AD. I also think there should have been more about the Israeli war of independence from Great Britain (especially since Gilbert himself is British), including the infamous 1939 White Paper and the ships that tried to break the British blockade of the Levant. I think the excellent map showing Jewish land ownership in the Levant in 1942 is misleading, because it fits right in with lies about the Arabs owning all the rest of the land (in fact, the majority of the land was state land). And I think there should have been more about the history of the Jews of Ethiopia.

I recommend this short but very informative book.
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