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`A useful teaching tool, indeed the best available for the subject'Journal of Modern History

`A fascinating presentation executed through the skill and acumen of its editors, and should be compulsory reading for all those—Jew and Gentile alike—who are concerned with a fuller understanding of the historical forces that moulded the Jew in an alien world.'Jewish Quarterly

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Paul Mendes-Flohr is the author of From Mysticism to Dialogue, Martin Buber and the Transformation of German Social Thought (Wayne State UP, 1989), Divided Passions, Jewish Intellectuals and the Experience of Modernity (Wayne State UP, 1990). Jehuda Reinharz is the author of Chaim Weizmann, 2 vols., (OUP NY, 1985, 1993).

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Essential collection - BUT don't buy the Kindle edition! 18 Feb. 2013
By Jarrod Tanny - Published on Amazon.com
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As a Jewish history professor, I assign this book every semester I teach the modern era. It is undoubtedly the best collection of documents available.

I was thrilled when I noticed that an electronic edition had finally been published, and I immediately purchased it.

Unfortunately, the Kindle version is the second edition of the book, originally published in 1995, not the third edition, which was published in 2010. Amazon does not mention this anywhere on the product page. The editors made substantial revisions and additions for the third edition. Why would Amazon publish an outdated edition?

So do not buy the Kindle edition because you will not be getting what you think you're getting. I believe this technically constitutes false advertising. And if Amazon expects their customers to go digital than they need to rethink their approach.

And if you assign this book in class warn your students not to buy the Kindle edition.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Filled with great articles 29 Jan. 2000
By Bob Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
You needn't read this book cover to cover. The book is a series of articles starting in the 1600's and progressing to recent times. Gives perspectives of people "dealing" with the Jews and perspectives of Jewish people. An article by the commandant of Auschwitz is followed by an article from a prisoner. Both will stay with me forever.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent compendium of translated documents 9 Nov. 2006
By Gregory Olsen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent supplementary reader for a Jewish studies course at the undergraduate upper division or graduate level. It contains a wealth of translated documents from the European Jewish experience in the modern period. It covers both the Western and Eastern European experience, and is an excellent source for studying the encounter of Judaism with modernity, particularly the haskalah and Hasidism.
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
This is a collection of articles 12 Feb. 2001
By "ha-mevaker" - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a collection of articles and excerpts from many of the main sources of Jewish History from the 1700's until present. The articles are grouped by topic. The topics start with emancipation and end off with Zionism and the Holocaust. Each article has a nice mini-biography at the end telling who the author of the article was ( or is ), and includes explanatory notes for those who aren't familiar with that era of Jewish History. The editors were quite even handed and give all sides space in their book, the only group over represented is converted Jews. After all less than .25% of all Jews converted in the 1800's. My only complaint is that they neglected two subjects. One, the Tshuva movement of the 70's to present and also the Shas phenamana of the 80's and 90's.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
CAVEAT EMPTOR: Kindle Edition is not current. 1 Sept. 2013
By Robert S. Schine - Published on Amazon.com
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The third edition of this excellent anthology of sources includes many useful additions. (Less useful are the cross-references to texts in the second edition that were cut out from the third.) However, CAVEAT EMPTOR: the Kindle Edition advertised here is the SECOND EDITION, and hence not the same book as the third edition. Amazon should make this fact clear, and should offer free replacement of the outdated edition once the Kindle version of the 3rd edition is available. For the rest, the book has rightly taken its place as a staple on the reading list of undergraduate courses on modern Judaism.
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