Description - The Jews of Europe After the Black Death by Anna Foa
This history of Jewish life in Europe from the 14th through th e19th century breaks through the boundaries of traditional narratives. Instead of featuring a long series of catastrophes and cataclysms and the Jews' responses to them, the author concentrates on the creative aspects of Jewish life, and on continuities and correspondences among very different local Jewish communities. The author's overview of the issues and debates that have dominated the study of western European Jewish society more than justifies her blending of narrative history with thematic investigations. This is, perhaps surprisingly, the story of a stability that underlies and survives change. In a new afterword, prepared expressly for the English edition, the author talks about the 20th century's two transforming phenomena, Zionism and the Holocaust, and the ways they have changed Jewish identity and historiography.
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(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - Anna Foa
Anna Foa is a research fellow at the University of Rome "La Sapienza." In addition to The Jews of Europe after the Black Death (published in Italy as Ebrei in Europa, 1992), she is the author or editor of four other books, most recently Giordano Bruno (1998). Andrea Grover is Adjunct Associate Professor of Humanities at New York University.