By Haim Beinart
Atlases facing the heritage of the Jews have all started showing in English only in the near past. it truly is accordingly an outstanding contribution to the sphere to have this translation of a quantity first released in Israel, the place students have lengthy learned the significance of such works for either scholars and researchers. The meticulous study of Beinart (Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem), one of many optimal students of medieval Jewish heritage, is obvious on each web page. He has divided the ebook into 3 significant sections: an preliminary component extending from the barbarian invasion of Europe to the Crusades; a moment dedicated to the interval finishing with the expulsion from Spain; and a last section masking advancements during the Chmielnicki massacres and Sabbatean flow. each scholar of the interval will treasure the 116 maps and illustrations, demographic facts, and paintings. the amount additionally incorporates a invaluable bibliography and map, topic, and folks indexes. This much-needed study and academic software makes a very good spouse to Evyatar Friesel's Atlas of contemporary Jewish background ( LJ 1/1/91); it covers extensive fabric touched on in Martin Gilbert's The Illustrated Atlas of Jewish Civilization (one of LJ 's "Best Reference Books," 4/15/91). hugely urged to libraries and the final audience.
- Jehuda Reinharz, Brandeis Univ., Waltham, Mass.
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