Jewish History: An Essay in the...

This essay exhibits in a remarkably striking way the author's art of making “all things seem fresh and new, important and attractive.” The author attempts, for the first time, a psychologic characterization of Jewish history. He endeavors to demonstrate the inner connection between events, and develop the ideas that underlie them.

iv PREFACE activity, first and last, is a striking refu-tation of the widespread opinion that identifies attractiveness of form in the work of a scholar with superficiality of content. Even his strictly scientific in-vestigations, besides offering the scholar a wealth of new suggestions, form instruc-tive and entertaining reading matter for the educated layman. In his critical es-says, Mr. Dubnow shows himself to be possessed of keen psychologic insight. By virtue of this quality of delicate per-ception, he aims to assign to every histor-ical fact its proper place in the line of development, and so establish the bond between it and the general history of man-kind. This psychologic ability contributes vastly to the interest aroused by Mr. Dubnow’s historical works outside of the limited circle of scholars. There is a pas-sage in one of his books 1 in which, in his 1 In the Introduction to his Historische Mittei-lungen, Vorarbeiten zu einer Geschichte der polnisch-russischen Juden.   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

Jewish History: An Essay in the Philosophy of History


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Front MatterTitle PageCopyright PagePREFACE TO THE GERMAN TRANSLATIONPREFACE TO THE ENGLISH TRANSLATIONTABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTORY NOTETHE RANGE OF JEWISH HISTORY THE CONTENT OF JEWISH HISTORY THE SIGNIFICANCE OF JEWISH HISTORY THE HISTORICAL SYNTHESISTHE PRIMARY OR BIBLICAL PERIOD THE SECONDARY OR SPIRITUAL-POLITICAL PERIOD THE TERTIARY TALMUDIC OR NATIONAL-RELIGIOUS PERIOD THE GAONIC PERIOD, OR THE HEGEMONY OF THE ORIENTAL JEWS (500–980)THE RABBINIC-PHILOSOPHICAL PERIOD, OR THE HEGEMONY OF THE SPANISH JEWS (980–1492)THE RABBINIC-MYSTICAL PERIOD, OR THE HEGEMONY OF THE GERMAN-POLISH JEWS (1492–1789)THE MODERN PERIOD OF ENLIGHTENMENT (THE NINETEENTH CENTURY)THE TEACHINGS OF JEWISH HISTORY
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