Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

ISBN: 0199730989

Language: English

Category: Uncategorized


Posted on 2018-03-11, by manhneovn.

Description

http://www.hostpic.org/images/1803111754380109.jpg

Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by David N. Myers
English | December 22nd, 2017 | ASIN: B06XP1DB3R, ISBN: 0199730989 | 161 pages | EPUB | 2.42 MB
How have the Jews survived? For millennia, they have defied odds by overcoming the travails of exile, persecution, and recurring plans for their annihilation. Many have attempted to explain this singular success as a result of divine intervention. In this engaging book, David N. Myers charts the long journey of the Jews through history.

At the same time, it points to two unlikely-and decidedly this-worldly-factors to explain the survival of the Jews: antisemitism and assimilation. Usually regarded as grave dangers, these two factors have continually interacted with one other to enable the persistence of the Jews. At every turn in their history, not just in the modern age, Jews have adapted to new environments, cultures, languages, and social norms.

These
bountiful encounters with host societies have exercised the cultural muscle of the Jews, preventing the atrophy that would have occurred if they had not interacted so extensively with the non-Jewish world. It is through these encounters-indeed, through a process of assimilation-that Jews came to develop distinct local customs, speak many different languages, and cultivate diverse musical, culinary, and intellectual traditions.

Left unchecked, the Jews' well-honed ability to absorb from surrounding cultures might have led to their disappearance. And yet, the route toward full and unbridled assimilation was checked by the nearly constant presence of hatred toward the Jew. Anti-Jewish expression and actions have regularly accompanied Jews throughout history. Part of the ironic success of antisemitism is its malleability, its talent in assuming new forms and portraying the Jew in diverse and often contradictory images-for example, at once the arch-capitalist and revolutionary Communist.

Antisemitism not only served to blunt further assimilation, but, in a paradoxical twist, affirmed the Jew's sense of difference from the host society. And thus together assimilation and antisemitism (at least up to a certain limit) contribute to the survival of the Jews as a highly adaptable and yet distinct group.
Download:


Sponsored High Speed Downloads
8656 dl's @ 3131 KB/s
Download Now [Full Version]
9629 dl's @ 2151 KB/s
Download Link 1 - Fast Download
7499 dl's @ 2250 KB/s
Download Mirror - Direct Download



Search More...
Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Search free ebooks in ebookee.com!


Links
Download this book

No active download links here?
Please check the description for download links if any or do a search to find alternative books.


Related Books


Comments

No comments for "Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)".


    Add Your Comments
    1. Download links and password may be in the description section, read description carefully!
    2. Do a search to find mirrors if no download links or dead links.
    Back to Top