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Scattered Among the Peoples

Allan Levine

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-357-5
Trim Size: 6x9
Cloth
Overlook
9/1/2003

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A compelling and long-needed history in which twelve defining moments in the Jewish Diaspora spring to life through a focus on the personal and public lives of individuals

In Scattered Among the Peoples, historian Allan Levine presents a vivid and distinctly human perspective on how the Jewish people survived eight hundred years of persecution and forced migration. Structured as a chronological series of moment-in-time portraits, focusing on individuals and their interaction with their families and communities, the narrative carries readers through the economic, political, social and intellectual climates of some of the world's most famous and fascinating cosmopolitan centers.

From the expulsion of the Jews from Seville in 1492, to the rise of Zionism in Kiev in 1967 following the Six Day War, Scattered Among the Peoples makes twelve stops through history and Levine's masterful account describes the expulsions and the scandals, the false messiahs and the first ghetto, assassinations and blood libel, fabulous wealth and reversals of fortune, catastrophic loss, and inspired endurance. Above all, this compelling saga chronicles the lives of a vibrant cast of characters: well known historical figures-such as the merchant and poet Don Isaac Abravanel (1437-1508), the soldier Alfred Dreyfus (1859-1935), and the writer and editor Abraham Cahan (1860-1951)-as well as many of those who have been, for the most part, forgotten. The successes and the failures of these individuals-as teachers, rabbis, merchants, writers, soldiers, and physicians-add a colorful and accessible dimension to the sprawling saga of the Diaspora.

Levine has compiled an impressive and immensely readable contribution to the literature of Jewish history.

"Stunning. A major work. In this epochal chronology of how the Jewish spirit has triumphed against all odds, Allan Levine has produced a tour de force." Peter C. Newman

"The remarkable story of Jewish survival, told in a fascinating, compelling, and original way. Allan Levine is a gifted writer and this book is a masterful study." Irving Abella

Allan Levine has a Ph.D in History from the University of Toronto and teaches History and World Issues. His book Fugitives of the Forest: The Heroic Story of Jewish Resistance and Survival During the Second World War was awarded the Yad Vashem Prize in Holocaust History and was a selection of the Jewish Book Club. Levine is a frequent contributor to The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail.

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