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Jewish Civilization: The Jewish Historical Experience in a Comparative Perspective (Suny Series in Israeli Studies) Hardcover – September 1, 1992


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  • Series: Suny Series in Israeli Studies
  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr; First Edition edition (September 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791410951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791410950
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,660,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When communicating with Einsenstadt having read this book some years ago, I remember writing to him asking for some of his writings on Multiple Modernties and the Axial Theory of Civilizations. It is a long time ago now, but I remember a friendly letter in which he was welcoming me to continue communicating with him. I mentioned my wife's interest in History and how analytic she was. So he invited both of us as I recall to visit him. He was most generous to send me some articles and a list of references and a gigantic bibliography of his own writings on History, Sociology and what may be called the General Dynamical Theory of Civilizations. As I went through the bibliography the range is bewildering, speaking as someone who reads by usual standards very widely.

I cannot summarize this book you just have to read it,but is the first book I came across that gave a scholarly picture of the Jewish Civilization devoid of bias, prejudice and incredibly well researched. Yet he was able to write with clarity and simplicity of a confident mind. I remember some of his comments about American History which had prompted me in the first place to write to him. I had never seen that history talked about in that way. It is possible to talk about History in a literary, sociological, mathematical, economic, computational and many many other ways. But these refer to methods, Einsenstadt had that exceptional quality along with great sociologist-historians of the past: the capacity to appreciate, understand, sympathize in some vast domain of historical phenomenon and have greatly interesting things to say about it.

We may now say in a more recent language that: all history is a collection of interacting processes that may be approximated by a network of algorithms on a range of logics.
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