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The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization (Series).)

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  • Hardcover: 591 pages
  • Publisher: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization (1 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1874774412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874774419
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 17.1 x 25.4 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,800,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Haim Beinart justifiably has been hailed as the foremost historian of medieval Sepharad . . . the data uncovered [here] will remain a source for many future generations of historians of the Jews of medieval Iberia. For that alone, we are indebted to this monumental contribution. --Benjamin R. Gampel, AJS Review

This magisterial study . . . provides insights, descriptions, and interpretations built on an impregnable base of scholarship . . . Beinart also sheds light on the Jews of Spain before the expulsion and discusses the issue of conversion among the Jews of Aragon and Castile . . . This sine qua non for any study and understanding of the events leading up to 1492 deserves an honoured place in all serious libraries. --Stephen D. Benin, Choice

The importance of this new book lies in its methodical and detailed portrayal of the expulsion from Spain in 1492 in all its aspects political, social, economic, legal, and also human. It presents wide-ranging descriptions of the problems and the dilemmas facing families and individuals in both large and small communities . . . and of how events actually unfolded, day by day and hour by hour. The thoroughness of the presentation, documented in every detail, is the product of decades of methodical and comprehensive historiographic research covering all the areas in which Jews lived in the entire period over which the expulsion took place . . . Beinart's historiographic reconstruction gives the contemporary reader a palpable understanding of what actually happened. --Ben-Ami Feingold, Yediot Aharonot --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Haim Beinart is an emeritus professor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has more than three hundred publications to his credit, almost all of them dealing with the history of the Jews in Spain in the Middle Ages and their subsequent expulsion. He was elected to the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities in 1981 and has received many other prizes and honours for his scholarly work, including the Ruppin Prize (1966), the Isaac Ben-Zvi Award (1976), the Wiznitzer Prize for the best book published in Jewish History (1981), and the Tri-Cultural Prize of the University of Cordova (1981). In 1989 he became a Doctor Honoris Causa of the Complutense University of Madrid and in 1992 a Dr. Lit. of the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. He has held visiting professorships in Berne, London, Lucerne, and Princeton, and a visiting fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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