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By Haim Beinart

Atlases facing the background of the Jews have began showing in English just recently. it truly is for that reason a very good contribution to the sphere to have this translation of a quantity first released in Israel, the place students have lengthy learned the significance of such works for either scholars and researchers. The meticulous study of Beinart (Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem), one of many premier students of medieval Jewish historical past, is obvious on each web page. He has divided the ebook into 3 significant sections: an preliminary component extending from the barbarian invasion of Europe to the Crusades; a moment dedicated to the interval finishing with the expulsion from Spain; and a last phase overlaying advancements in the course of the Chmielnicki massacres and Sabbatean circulation. each pupil of the interval will treasure the 116 maps and illustrations, demographic information, and art. the amount additionally includes a worthy bibliography and map, topic, and other people indexes. This much-needed learn and academic device makes a very good better half to Evyatar Friesel's Atlas of contemporary Jewish background ( LJ 1/1/91); it covers intensive fabric touched on in Martin Gilbert's The Illustrated Atlas of Jewish Civilization (one of LJ 's "Best Reference Books," 4/15/91). hugely advised to libraries and the overall audience.
- Jehuda Reinharz, Brandeis Univ., Waltham, Mass.

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