'This comprehensive account of rapid political and economic change over two centuries should become standard reading for all historians of early modern Europe.' --Theodore K. Rabb, Times Literary Supplement
'A beautiful work of scholarship and synthesis that should immediately become a standard text . . . For the first time, the history of early modern European Jewry is presented as a coherent whole and in a form recognizable to non-Jewish scholars, adhering to all of the standards of scholarship . . . Israel's sparkling book should eliminate that blind spot found in so many historical works, which should be dealing with Jewish themes but have not done so simply because no suitable guide was readily to hand.' --David S. Katz, English Historical Review
'An ambitious and much needed study of Jewish life and culture in the context of Europe's intellectual and religious history . . . a skilful synthesis of current scholarship. To this he has brought his own sharply critical judgement and a highly original interpretative theory . . . highly stimulating.' --Henry Roseveare, Economic History Review
About the Author
Jonathan I. Israel is Professor in the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, and was formerly Professor of Dutch History and Institutions at the University of London. He is the author of The Dutch Republic and the Hispanic World, 1606 1661 (1986), Dutch Primacy in World Trade, 1585 1740 (1989), Empires and Entrepots: The Dutch, the Spanish Monarchy, and the Jews, 1585 1713 (1990), The Dutch Republic: Its Rise, Greatness, and Fall, 1477 1806 (1995), Conflicts of Empires: Spain, the Low Countries, and the Struggle for World Supremacy, 1585 1713 (1997), Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity, 1650 1750, and Diasporas within a Diaspora: Jews, Crypto-Jews, and the World Maritime Empires, 1540 1740 (2002), and editor of The Anglo-Dutch Moment: Essays on the Glorious Revolution and its World Impact (1991). He has held visiting professorships and research fellowships in the Netherlands and France, and at the University of California at Los Angeles, and is a Fellow of the British Academy.