Scattered Among the Peoples by Allan Levine
The Jewish Diaspora in Twelve Portraits

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In Scattered Among the Peoples, historian Allan Levine presents a vivid and distinctly human perspective on how the Jewish people survived eight hundred years of persecution and forced migration, building and rebuilding their lives and communities. Structured as a chronological series of twelve moment-in-time portraits, focusing on individuals and their interaction with their families and society, the narrative carries readers through the economic, political, social and intellectual climates of some of the world's most famous and fascinating cosmopolitan centers.

From the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, to the emigration of Soviet Jews from Russia following the Six Day War in Israel in 1967, Levine's masterful account describes expulsions and scandals, false messiahs and the first ghetto, assassinations, blood libels, the learning and wealth that sprung up in distant cities, and some devastating reversals of fortune. Above all, this compelling saga chronicles the lives of a vibrant cast of characters-well-known historical figures, as well as many who have been forgotten. The successes and the failures of so many-as teachers, rabbis, merchants, writers, soldiers, and physicians-add a colorful and accessible dimension to this sprawling history of the Diaspora.

Scattered Among the Peoples is an impressive and immensely readable book, one that is an important contribution to the literature of Jewish history.

About Allan Levine

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Allan Levine has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Toronto. He teaches history and world issues and his book Fugitives of the Forest: The Heroic Story of Jewish Resistance and Survival During the Second World War was awarded the Yad Vashem Prize in Holocaust History and was a selection of the Jewish Book Club.
Published January 1, 2003 by Overlook Pr. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Those centuries, writes Canadian historian Levine, were largely marked by bad news, by episodes of exile and terror, beginning with the stripping away of civil rights and eventual expulsion of the Sephardic Jews following the Christian reconquest of Moorish Spain and ending with the Soviet campai...

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He has an easy style and can pack a wealth of information into a brief essay—in discussing Judah Leib Gordon, mid-19th-century poet, Levine deftly explicates the politics of prerevolutionary Russia, the cultural meaning of "the pale of settlement," the Haskalah and the Jewish anti-Zionist movement.

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