A History of the Jews in the Modern World

By Howard Morley Sachar
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400030972, 831pp.)

Publication Date: September 12, 2006

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The distinguished historian of the Jewish people, Howard M. Sachar, gives us a comprehensive and enthralling chronicle of the achievements and traumas of the Jews over the last four hundred years.
Tracking their fate from Western Europe's age of mercantilism in the seventeenth century to the post-Soviet and post-imperialist Islamic upheavals of the twenty-first century, Sachar applies his renowned narrative skill to the central role of the Jews in many of the most impressive achievements of modern civilization: whether in the rise of economic capitalism or of political socialism; in the discoveries of theoretical physics or applied medicine; in "higher" literary criticism or mass communication and popular entertainment.
As his account unfolds and moves from epoch to epoch, from continent to continent, from Europe to the Americas and the Middle East, Sachar evaluates communities that, until lately, have been underestimated in the perspective of Jewish and world history--among them, Jews of Sephardic provenance, of the Moslem regions, and of Africa. By the same token, Sachar applies a master's hand in describing and deciphering the Jews' unique exposure and functional usefulness to totalitarian movements--fascist, Nazi, and Stalinist. In the process, he shines an unsparing light on the often widely dissimilar behavior of separate European peoples, and on separate Jewish populations, during the Holocaust.
A distillation of the author's lifetime of scholarly research and teaching experience, "A History of the Jews in the Modern World" provides a source of unsurpassed intellectual richness for university students and educated laypersons alike.

"From the Hardcover edition.




About the Author
About the Author:
Howard M. Sachar is Professor of History at George Washington University and author of nine other books on Jewish and Middle Eastern history.
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