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A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People: From the Time of the Patriarchs to the Present Hardcover – November 1, 1994
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Beyond the strictly historical, the Atlas also deals with many fascinating and important aspects of jewish culture-languages, literature, art, and music.
There are some rare typographical or editorial errors, five to my count. Otherwise, the work has rather good texts by various contributors (hidden until the end of the work as an appendix). It has excellent graphics and maps and various timelines along the pages. While it is quite contemporary, a small addition might be reasonable to reflect the last decade. Little has been excluded here excepting perhaps some material on Jewish communities of South Africa and Australia.
This is a beautiful book that illustrates the history of the Jews throughout the world. One nice thing about it is that it covers Jewish communities in surprising times and places such as China in the 11th Century or Latin America in the 1800s. Of course, it's focus is on the bulk of the Jewish population in Europe and then America. It covers the full history from biblical times to today. The one flaw in this regard is the near absence of coverage of Sephardic communities in more recent times.
Each topic is covered in a 2-page spread which has text, pictures and a timeline. It is a large-sized book but clearly 2 pages only allows for the briefest coverage. The strength of the book is that it makes you aware of where Jews were at different times and how they interacted with, and were affected by, the broader society.
The book approaches the Jewish people from a historical, not religious perspective. It portrays the Jews as a people.
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This is a very informative historical book, a nice edition to my library.Published 2 months ago by BetteAnn
Excellent presentation of complex material, with clear and well organized information about the migrations and political upheavals.Published 9 months ago by Judy949
Photographs, maps and time lines are clear and informative. This is a convenient vehicle for introducing World Jewish history to a general audience. A fine reference book.Published on April 30, 2014 by S. Haskelson
This is a must-have for any serious study of the history of the Jews, secular, religious or cultural. The annotated maps are excellent at conveying multi-dimensional information. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Eclectic Customer
Though the content of this book maybe very interesting and thorough, the ideas are presented in a very non religious fashion and contain a very secular approach to Jewish history. Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by From Brooklyn