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American Jewry : a new history / Eli Lederhendler (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel).

Author:
Lederhendler, Eli [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
[Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2016, , ©2016]
Description:
xxiv, 331 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary note:
Understanding the history of Jews in America requires a synthesis of over 350 years of documents, social data, literature and journalism, architecture, oratory, and debate, and each time that history is observed, new questions are raised and new perspectives found. This book presents a readable account of that history, with an emphasis on migration patterns, social and religious life, and political and economic affairs. It explains the long-range development of American Jewry as the product of 'many new beginnings' more than a direct evolution leading from early colonial experiments to latter-day social patterns. This book also shows that not all of American Jewish history has occurred on American soil, arguing that Jews, more than most other Americans, persist in assigning crucial importance to international issues. This approach provides a fresh perspective that can open up the practice of minority-history writing, so that the very concepts of minority and majority should not be taken for granted.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents:
First encounters, new beginnings: from colonial times to the Civil War -- Changing places: migration and Americanization, 1860s-1920s -- Finding space in America, 1920s-1950s -- The European nexus: Spain, Germany, and Russia -- Recapitulations and more beginnings, 1950s to the twenty-first century.
Subject(s):
JewsUnited StatesHistory [Browse]
Form/​Genre:
History.
ISBN:
  • 9780521196086 (hardback)
  • 0521196086 (hardback)
  • 971316632628 (paperback)
LCCN:
2016025954
OCLC:
951190521
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