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Anna Foa's richly innovative history of Jewish life in Europe from the fourteenth through the nineteenth century breaks through the boundaries of traditional narratives. Instead of featuring a long series of catastrophes and cataclysms and the Jews' responses to them, Foa concentrates on the creative aspects of Jewish life, and on continuities and correspondences among very different local Jewish communities. Foa's illuminating 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, Foa talks about the twentieth century's two transforming phenomena, Zionism and the Holocaust, and the ways they have changed Jewish identity and historiography.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520087651
ISBN-10: 0520087658
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 19-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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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.