Jewish Emancipation: A History Across Five Centuries


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Princeton University Press
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6.5 X 9.4 X 1.6 inches | 2.04 pounds

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About the Author

David Sorkin is the Lucy G. Moses Professor of History at Yale University. His books include The Religious Enlightenment: Protestants, Jews, and Catholics from London to Vienna (Princeton), Moses Mendelssohn and the Religious Enlightenment, and The Transformation of German Jewry, 1780-1840.


"A pioneering synthesis of an unjustly neglected subject, this book will become a classic. David Sorkin has done something no one has done before--written a global history of Jewish emancipation. By presenting such a broad picture, he makes a convincing case that emancipation is actually one of the main events in modern Jewish history."--Shmuel Feiner, Bar-Ilan University
"In this masterful work of global history, David Sorkin argues convincingly that emancipation--or its lack--has been the most important force shaping modern Jewish life. Wearing his vast erudition lightly, he has produced a work of enduring value for general readers as well as scholars and students."--Derek Penslar, Harvard University
"Drawing on deep erudition and a remarkable range of sources, David Sorkin provides the definitive account of Jewish emancipation across vast swaths of time and space, showing how it doubles as a Rorschach test for the societies in which Jews found themselves. It is shocking to discover that emancipation had not yet received its full due--until now. This book is a stunning achievement."--David N. Myers, University of California, Los Angeles
"In Jewish Emancipation, David Sorkin provides an illuminating and accessible new interpretation of modern Jewish history. Without sacrificing nuance and detail, Sorkin's narrative is propelled by a set of compelling arguments that revise our understanding of an important phenomenon we thought we understood. The combination of historical insight and meticulous research makes Jewish Emancipation an indispensable work for scholars and lay readers alike."--Elisheva Carlebach, Columbia University
"Best Non-fiction Books of 2019" in Marginal Revolution"
"[A] sweeping account of Jewish emancipation, which is both chronologically and geographically expansive. . . . This work is the most extensive treatment of Jewish emancipation to date, one that complicates and expands our conception of the circuitous path to parity that is at the center of the past 500 years of Jewish life."---B. Smollett, Choice Reviews