The Jews in Poland and Russia: A Short History
Antony Polonsky was born in Johannesburg, and studied history and political science at the University of the Witwatersrand. He went to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship in 1961 and read modern history at Worcester College and St Antony's College. He taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science from 1970 to 1992. Since then he has been at Brandeis University, where in 1999 he was appointed Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies, an appointment held jointly at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Brandeis University. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Warsaw, the Institute for the Human Sciences, Vienna, and the University of Cape Town; Skirball visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies; and Senior Associate Member of St Antony's College, Oxford.
List of Maps Note on Transliteration Note on Place Names Maps Introduction 1 The Polish - Lithuanian Background 2 Attempts to Transform and Integrate the Jews, 1750 - 1881 3 The New Jewish Politics, 1881 - 1914 4 Social and Religious Change, 1750 - 1914 5 The First World War and its Aftermath 6 The Jews in Poland Between the Two World Wars 7 Jews in Lithuania between the Two World War 8 Jews in Soviet Russia and the Soviet Union, 1921 - 1941 9 War and Genocide, 1939 - 1944 10 From the End of the Second World War to the Collapse of the Communist System 11 Jews in Eastern Europe and Russia since the End of Communism Conclusion Glossary Notes Bibliography Index
From reviews of The Jews in Poland and Russia, Volumes 1 - 3: 'Exemplary and formidable ... Polonsky, as much as anyone else, has created the field of modern Jewish history as a subject to be considered and understood rather than simply a tragic past to be mourned. He is too good a historian to confuse the history of Jewish life with the German policies that brought Jewish death ... The barely visible commitment in these three wonderful volumes is to rescue a world from polemic, for the sake of history.' Timothy Snyder, Wall Street Journal 'We can only commend Antony Polonsky for his massive effort to explain seven centuries of Jewish history ... [his] strength lies in his ability to illuminate intellectual and cultural developments ... Because of the excellent bibliographies, extensive annotation, and wonderful maps ... any reader wishing to read in greater detail about Polish and Russian Jewry will have plenty of resources to enable the search.' Alexandra S. Korros, Jewish Quarterly 'Masterful ... In Polonsky's erudite and eminently clear treatment, the rich forest of eastern European Jewish civilization that has become obscured not only by trees, but also by debris of scholarly twigs, re-emerges in its full lushness ... The Judaic studies academy will long be in Polonsky's debt for this sweeping work, one destined to be the authoritative classic in its field for the foreseeable future.' Allan Nadler, Forward 'Definitive ... The scope is immense and the author does an impressive job of synthesizing a vast literature ... This trilogy will no doubt serve as a standard history of east European Jewry for a long time.' Shaul Stampfer, Religious Studies Review 'Well-researched, well-written ... a comprehensive survey ... highly recommended.' S. Kan, Choice 'Stupendous' David Frum, The Daily Beast 'The most important thing one can say about Antony Polonsky's The Jews in Poland and Russia is: get it and read it!' Theodore R. Weeks, The Polish Review 'Magisterial, comprehensive ... a highly original and distinctive contribution to the fields of east European as well as Jewish history ... an authoritative reference for research and teaching ... an eloquent and refreshing narrative and compelling analysis ... overwhelming keen judgement, deep knowledge of Poland and its Jews, and remarkable critical insights that are manifest in this extraordinary book.' Michael Berkowitz, Slavonic and East European Review
Edition: abridged edition
Size: 235 x 155 x 53 mm
Publication: September 26, 2013
Series: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization