ISBN Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction 168 pagina's Engels
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How have the Jews survived? For millennia they have defied odds by overcoming the travails of exile persecution and recurring plans for their annihilation. Many have attempted to explain this singular success as a result of divine intervention. In this engaging book David N. Myers charts the long journey of the Jews through history. At the same time it points to two unlikely-and decidedly this-worldlyâ€”factors to explain the survival of the Jews: antisemitism and assimilation. Usually regarded as grave dangers these two factors have continually interacted with one other to enable the persistence of the Jews. At every turn in their history not just in the modern age Jews have adapted to new environments cultures languages and social norms. These bountiful encounters with host societies have exercised the cultural muscle of the Jews preventing the atrophy that would have occurred if they had not interacted so extensively with the non-Jewish world. It is through these encountersâ€”indeed through a process of assimilationâ€”that Jews came to develop distinct local customs speak many different languages and cultivate diverse musical culinary and intellectual traditions. Left unchecked the Jews' well-honed ability to absorb from surrounding cultures might have led to their disappearance. And yet the route toward full and unbridled assimilation was checked by the nearly constant presence of hatred toward the Jew. Anti-Jewish expression and actions have regularly accompanied Jews throughout history. Part of the ironic success of antisemitism is its malleability its talent in assuming new forms and portraying the Jew in diverse and often contradictory imagesâ€”for example at once the arch-capitalist and revolutionary Communist. Antisemitism not only served to blunt further assimilation but in a paradoxical twist affirmed the Jew's sense of difference from the host society. And thus together assimilation and antisemitism (at least up to a certain limit) contribute to the survival of the Jews as a highly adaptable and yet distinct group.
- An exceptionally concise accessible and wide-ranging account of the long history of the Jews
- Offers a new theory to explain the Jews' survival based on the relationship between antisemitism and assimilation
- While identifying continuities it notes variation in the local customs social status and self-perception of Jews across time and space
David Myers's Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction, proves to be a valuable piece of literature, as well as a helpful guide for those who are searching for answers without a large investment. Although short, this introductory guide to Jewish history is nevertheless a fruitful body of scholarly work. Madison Tarleton, Reading Religion
How have the Jews survived? For millennia, they have defied odds by overcoming the travails of exile, persecution, and recurring plans for their annihilation. This book charts the long journey of the Jews through history. At the same time, it points to two unlikely factors to explain the survival of the Jews: antisemitism and assimilation.
Auteur David N. Myers
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Karakteristieken ISBN Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction. Geschreven door: David N. Myers, Aantal pagina's: 168 pagina's, Taalversie: Engels
Product type Paperback
Maat 175 x 111 x 9 mm
Gewicht van product 130 g