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Emancipation: How Liberating Europe's Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance Hardcover

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416547967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416547969
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,043,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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French Jews gained full citizenship during the Revolution, and as Napoleon conquered territories across Europe, ghetto gates were thrown open and Jewish emancipation became an unstoppable force, writes NPR correspondent Goldfarb. Emancipation set off an explosion of Jewish achievement, and Jews played an increasingly important if still conflicted role in Europe. For instance, Heinrich Heine, who converted to Christianity in 1825 to further a law career, worked out his Jewish identity crisis through poems that mirrored the national identity crisis of his young German contemporaries. When Damascus Jews were tortured during an 1840 blood libel, the Rothschilds successfully interceded, involving the British Parliament and forcing a French prime minister to resign. The forced baptism and abduction of the Bolognese Jewish child Edgardo Mortara helped catalyze the movement for Italian unity, while the Dreyfus affair ultimately led to the creation of Israel. Goldfarb's history of European Jewish persecution and assimilation (after Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace) is lively and perceptive, but also becomes unfocused and uneven, biting off more than it can chew as he tries to fathom the meaning of emancipation, its causes and its price. 8 pages of b&w photos. (Nov.)
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"This is a fascinating book that describes how the French Revolution and then Napoleon's military excursions throughout Europe brought about the liberation of Jews from the segregated ghettos that had constrained them for half a millennium. Ironically, the ghetto experience enabled the Jews to play a dramatic role in a changing European economy as the power of land ownership diminished and money and trade began to rule and was echoed by the American immigrant experience and the push for assimilation and identity. But hatred of the Jews led Theodor Herzl, among others, to conclude that only a Jewish state could provide for the security of the Jews. In today's environment, this is a must-read." -- MORT ZUCKERMAN

"The experience of the Jewish people has been so darkened by horror for them and shame for humanity that the brighter chapters and themes of their story are sometimes eclipsed. In this book, Michael Goldfarb offers a corrective that is brilliant, concise, and vigorously argued, while at the same time suffused with one of history's cruelest ironies: the Jews were beneficiaries of -- and contributors to -- the Age of Reason in the 18th and 19th centuries only to become the principal victims of genocidal madness in the 20th." -- STROBE TALBOTT, author of The Great Experiment

"In Emancipation, Michael Goldfarb offers a well-researched and beautifully written masterwork that reveals the liberating impact that the French Revolution and Napoleon's forces had on the Jews of Europe. Once the legal barriers that had confined them were torn down, ossified, isolated communities became laboratories of human creativity, brimming with knowledge and learning. No longer disconnected from the wider world, Jews were able to make extraordinary contributions in the realms of science, ideology, culture, philosophy, education, and more. In turn, the Jewish religion was itself transformed, creating new branches that quickly intertwined with mainstream societies and social movements. At a time when global xenophobia is too much with us, it is rewarding and even nourishing to read about how the closed doors of divisiveness can be opened wide, even when the key turns out to be held in unexpected hands." -- VARTAN GREGORIAN, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York

"One of those marvelous books that not only illuminates an important chain of historical events, but provides timeless -- and especially timely -- lessons for our own age." -- The Washington Times

"Masterful." -- St. Louis Post Dispatch

More About the Author

Michael Goldfarb is an award-winning author, journalist and broadcaster.
A native New Yorker he moved to London in 1985 and spent many years covering conflicts and conflict resolution from Northern Ireland to Bosnia to Iraq for public radio.
His life as a reporter led directly to writing books. He wrote his first, "Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace: Surviving Under Saddam, Dying in the New Iraq," following his experiences as an unembedded reporter in Kurdistan during the first phase of the war. It was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2005.
A Kindle edition is now available.
His journalism has won the highest honors on both sides of the Atlantic including the DuPont-Columbia Award and Overseas Press Club's Lowell Thomas Award in America and the Sony Gold award in Britain. He has also been a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on Press and Politics at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
His most recent book is Emancipation: How Liberating Europe's Jews From the Ghetto led to Revolution and Renaissance.
Michael Goldfarb can be reached at Michael-Goldfarb. You can listen to his recent radio work at https://soundcloud.com/michael-goldfarb-1

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The book reads well is interesting and documents the long and hard struggle in various countries.
Ron
We even have one person managing to read into Goldfarb's text an admission to Jewish culpability for the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror!
M Brown
The author has done an amazing job of writing a very readable, interesting and insightful accounting of this time.
T. Davis

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. Mikell on December 4, 2009
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This is a fascinating read for non-Jews .... maybe even for members of the tribe. It is well written and hard to put down and I find that an unusual thing to say about a history, but If more history were written this way there would be more people reading it. I bought it on Kindle, a great device with a limited catalog, and would very much like to hear it read by Goldfarb, an occasional radio presenter and reporter for NPR and the BBC.

It gave me a better understanding of European history from middle ages till the present and I will likely to re-read it. It is information rich and lends itself to some study especially by those of us who are only casually informed about the history of the Hebrew people - outside of the Bible - and European Liberalism.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Davis on February 10, 2010
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Even among the well educated, very few people know the history of the Jewish people in Europe. The author has done an amazing job of writing a very readable, interesting and insightful accounting of this time. My hat is off to him. This is an excellent book.

I am married to a Jewish woman, I have been to Israel several times, many of my good friends are Jewish. I knew nothing. Thank you Michael Goldfarb.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David R. Peters on November 15, 2009
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Mr. Goldfarb has indeed written an excellent history of the emancipation of Europe's Jews, well-researched but adding almost nothing new to the story. He writes with the commendable style of a good journalist who avoids commentary. This is fine as far as it goes, but even in his epilogue, where he depicted individual responses to being emancipated, he seemingly leaves its beneficiaries unable to actualize that status, albeit through no innate fault of their own.

Had he shaped his narrative using the term modernity, he might have provided a coherency to the story. He opens with Spinoza, the first 'Modern' Jew, but fails to grasp the import of the word. He correctly focuses on the fact that it was Gentiles who initiated Emancipation, without overtly stating that without them there would have been no Emancipation. Jews locked inside of Ghetto walls were in no position to initiate anything (and as he also states, did not, in many cases, want to).

He makes much of the self-emancipation of Jews in Vienna, but does not attach any consequence to the fact that the society they created there was, while German-speaking, not 'German', as pointed out by the reactions of the Anti-Semites he cites.

One quibble: Mr. Goldfarb translates all German newspaper names into English every time, but from French only at the first occurence. In addition, he does not translate Alliance Israelite Universelle at all, assuming that his audience is like him, conversant in French. This is confirmed in his bibliography, which includes sources in French, but nothing in German (even if in translation). Perhaps that is an explanation for his usage of 'The Jewish State' as the English translation of 'Der Judenstaat', when in fact it should be 'The Jews' State', not quite the same thing.

'Emancipation into What?' might have been a better title, but the author never asked the question, and so this book remains limited to telling a story without a point.
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By carla Rosen on December 19, 2013
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This book should be essential reading. The insight of full disclosure of the past is a reflection on the rational for irrational behavior in the present. A must read.
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M. Goldfarb writing illuminates the history of Europe in 18 and 19 century cohesively and directly The events, people, and currents of history that explain the transformation of European prejudices into the daring concepts of equlity are becoming evident to an everage reader and not historian.
The Jewish minority struggle for the rights in Europe led to a great intellectual emancipation for the Christian as well .The minority Christian leaders of France and Germany were able to look deeply into their Christian teachings and apply them without prejudice across their lands .
Admirable research and a well written history that many people are not familiar with and in my opinion is a MUST read.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M Brown on July 6, 2010
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What an interesting, and for me a revealng and well written book. I admit I knew far too little of this period in my tribe's history. Clearly, it is about only a slice of the greater story of the "emancipation" of the proletariat in Europe at the time, but a very important and large slice. This book is easy to read, hard to put down and very well constructed.

Like Goldfarb's story of his ancestor leaving Odessa and making it to NY, my forbears left the Poznan region in Prussia (at the time) around 1850 and went to live in the slums of Whitechapel in East End of London and then eventually on to Australia. The report on Heine's visit and impression of poverty of Jews living in Poznan was a revelation for me. I always figured Whitechapel was a hell hole but perhaps it was an improvement on Poznan!

However, this book also made me think of the emancipation of blacks in the USA and the rough road they have travelled. There are parallels here in regard to the continuing struggle to make it into the mainstream and the undercurrent discrimination from which they still suffer. We now have a black US President, albeit not of those same roots, but what will it take for full "freedom" in the land of the free?

The other striking point is the interesting disparity in the comments from Amazon readers. We even have one person managing to read into Goldfarb's text an admission to Jewish culpability for the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror! Sounds a bit like the split in the German community under Bismarck. Surely this is "finding facts" to support a predisposition.
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