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The Jewish Journey

A Passage Through European History

By Edward Gelles

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Format: Hardback, 320 pages
Other Information: 15 black and white integrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 30 November 2015
The history of European Jewry is a vast and complex subject. In this book, Edward Gelles traces Jewish history in Europe and the Near East including population movement, settlement, integration, advancement in aspects of European culture and learning, relations with European states and dynasties, Christians and Ottomans, persecution, the world wars, anti-Semitism, indeed the story of European Jewry from early times to the present. Edward Gelles and his family, both immediate and in their wider circle have huge and distinguished family connections that provide historical context. In combining biography, traditional genealogy and a contribution from the rapidly developing field of genetic genealogy this book weaves emerging patterns into the grand tapestry of European history.

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction - A Mirror of the Past Part 1. Genealogical threads 1 Carolingian connections in the 8th Century - Kalonymos of Narbonne 2 In the Spanish March and Provence from the 10th Century - Benveniste and Shem Tov Halevi3 From Portugal to the Ottoman Empire in the 16th Century - Joseph Nasi, Duke of Naxos4 From Provence to Venice and beyond - Eliyahu Menachem Chalfan Part 2. 16th - 17th centuries 5. Bohemia, England, and America - David and Chaim Gans of Prague6. Golden age for the Jews of Prague - Judah Loew and contemporary Rabbis7. From Padua and Venice to Poland and Lithuania - Life and times of Saul Wahl8. A Polish Affair - Sigismund III Vasa and Hannele Wahl Part 3. 18th Century and later9. Capitalists and Rabbis - Galician social and economic background 10. Jewish Community Life in Brody - "The Jerusalem of Austria"11. From the Baltic to the Black Sea - Jewish migrations in eastern Europe12. Shmuel Hillman of Metz - Connections of an influential 18th C Rabbi13 Frankists - A heretical Jewish sect in eastern Europe 14. Chasidism in the Age of Enlightenment - Rational and mystical strands in 18th Century JewryPart 4. Various roads to modern times15. Mendelssohn, Marx, Buber and other descendants of Saul Wahl16. Chayes: Prague, Brody, Livorno, and Vienna - Pan-European connections from the 15th to the 20th Centuries 17. They met in Trieste - Christians and Jews in an ethnic melting-pot 18. Rabbis and Lawyers - A shared ethosPart 5. A brief look back to our legendary past19. Davidic DescentAppendices Onomastics and genetic genealogy20. Family names 21. A Study in Genetic Genealogy22. The Wahls of Tarnobrzeg - Genealogical links and DNA tests23. X-DNA matches and European roots24. Genetic admixture of Ashkenazi Jews - Relating to millennial migrations EpilogueGlossary

About the Author

Edward Gelles is an independent historian and genealogist. Born into a distinguished Jewish family, he came to England in 1938 after the Anschluss and studied at Balliol College, Oxford. He pursued a career in chemistry, returning to the study of history and genealogy after his retirement.

EAN: 9781784534530
ISBN: 1784534536
Publisher: Radcliffe Press
Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.8 centimetres (0.77 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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