- Paperback: 330 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.; 2nd Revised edition edition (16 Dec. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0742549828
- ISBN-13: 978-0742549821
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.3 x 23.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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This second, revised edition of Kevin Brook's well-received publication in 1999 of The Jews of Khazaria, integrates important new data culled from ongoing archaeological digs in southern Russia and the Crimea, genetic results of DNA processing, examination of formerly unknown or ignored coin hordes, and the continuing research of scholars around the world. It succeeds in elucidating controversial issues, while contextualizing the Khazar polity within the competitive 9th-11th-century world of Byzantium, the Arab Caliphate, and two regional upstarts: the Dnepr-based aggregate of Nordic, Slavic, and Turkic peoples known as Rus', and the Turkic-Islamic kaganate of Bulgar flourishing in the middle and upper Volga territory. As a full exploration in English of the history and culture of the Khazars, this volume is without equal, and would be quite useful reading in courses focused on the Kievan period of Russian history, as well as broader ones treating the dynamics of Central Eurasian history during these lively and formative centuries.--Edward J. Lazzerini, Indiana University
About the Author
Kevin Alan Brook is an historian who has researched the Khazars since 1993. He has contributed articles about the Khazars to The Encyclopaedia of Judaism Second Edition (Brill, 2005) and The Turks Vol. 1 (Yeni Turkiye, 2002). Since 1995, Brook has maintained the website of the American Center of Khazar Studies (Khazaria.com).
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In David Icke's "Guide to the Global Conspiracy and how to end it" much is made of the Khazar origin of most of the Jewish people today. Icke asserts that the modern state of Israel (which is at least four fifths Ashkenazi, that is Yiddish-speaking Jews from eastern Europe, as opposed to Sephardic Jews from the west, who speak Ladino)has no right to claim what they call the land of Israel on the grounds of Abraham's promise, because most of them are not descended from Abraham.
Icke bases this on Arthur Koestler's The Thirteenth Tribe, a book I have not read. It was when looking for Koestler's book on Amazon that I came across Brook's book, which looked like a much more scholarly and less partisan look at the same topic, so I bought it instead.
"The Jews of Khazaria" satisfied all my expectations in this regard. There are no assertions that are not backed up with sources (which can hardly be said of Icke's book!).Read more ›
The Khazars were a mainly Turkic people, a cultural-linguistic group rather than an ethnicity, who migrated westward into southern Russia. Originally shamanistic, they converted to Judaism in the early medieval period and became an important third force balancing the Christian Byzantine Empire and the Islamic imperium.
These partly nomadic pastoralists, partly urbanised traders, were aggressively expansionist. Relations with Byzantium oscillated between friendship and war. These relations worsened when the Khazars adopted Judaism, a religion that the Byzantines were actively persecuting.
The Arab-Khazars wars lasted over a century, starting with the Arab expansion following the emergence of the new Arab religion. Eventually their respective territories were stabilised with the Khazars north of, and the Arabs south of, the Caucasus. This prevented the Islamic conquest of eastern Europe. With the Rus, the proto-Russians, there was continuous conflict. There was also some conflict with the Magyars as they moved westward, but when this nation reached its final destination of Hungary they were joined by many Khazars.
The Kazarian Empire was gradually destroyed, first by the Rus, then by the Rus in alliance with the Byzantines. The last remnants of the Khazars were obliterated by the Mongol Golden Horde. This was a tough neighbourhood.Read more ›
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The book is taking care of fascinating and interesting topic. However is not really "solid" in his thesis and sometimes lacks of a clear and whole narrativePublished 8 months ago by Leo