The Story of the Jews, Volume Two : Belonging: 1492-1900
by Simon Schama
Editor: Ecco Press
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“Hamlet is an image, generously rendered, of the intransigence, miracle argumentative of Jewish survival against the oddsSchama made an eloquent and extensive case for which the Jews needed a small piece of land, they can call home”The New York Times Book Review In the second of three volumes of this beautifully illustrated cultural history, the tie-in to the PBS and BBC series The History of the Jews, Simon Schama’s detailed history of the Jewish people, from 1492 until the end of the nineteenth century, Simon Schama’s great project continues and Jewish history is woven into the fabric of humanityTheir search for a home where a distinctive character of religion and culture could be nurtured without being marginalized suddenly takes surprising resonance in our age of homelessness, wanderings, persecutions, and anxious arrivalsVolume 2 of The History of the Jewish Epic tells the stories of many people who rarely appear in Jewish history: not only rabbis and philosophers, but a poetess in the Venice ghetto; a general in Ming China; a Georgian boxer from England, a showman’s Bible in Amsterdam, a deaf teacher in eighteenth-century France, a nineteenth-century opera composer in Germany, and a poet in the United States.The story takes place in Kerala and Mantua, the starry hills of Galilee, the rivers of Colombia, the cuisine of Istanbul, the taverns of Ukraine and the mining camps of CaliforniaHe sails in the caravels, wrinkles, stagecoaches and railroads, painfully advances the dawn streets of London with a load of old clothes, drags himself along with the rest of Napoleon’s ruined armyBy Schama is passionate and intelligent to tell, a story emerges of Jewish people who feel as if it is the story of everyone, of humanity packed with details, this second chronicle in an epic narrative brings a new light on a crucial period of history
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