The Story of the Jews

Finding the Words (1000 BCE – 1492)

Author: Simon Schama

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409040046

Category: History

Page: 512

View: 7961

It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds. It spans the millennia and the continents – from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain. Within these pages, the Talmud burns in the streets of Paris, massed gibbets hang over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the world; candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, ships loaded with spice and gems founder at sea. And a great story unfolds. Not – as often imagined – of a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians. Which makes the story of the Jews everyone’s story, too.

Jerusalem

Die Biographie

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104028095

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 880

View: 8443

Die Geschichte Jerusalems ist die Geschichte der Welt Jerusalem ist die Stadt der Städte, die Hauptstadt zweier Völker, der Schrein dreier Weltreligionen, der Schauplatz des jüngsten Gerichts und der Brennpunkt des Nahost-Konflikts. Jerusalems Geschichte bedeutet 3000 Jahre Glauben, Fanatismus und Kampf, aber auch das Zusammenleben unterschiedlichster Kulturen. Packend und farbig schildert der Bestsellerautor Sebag Montefiore in seiner fulminanten, reich bebilderte Biographie die zahlreichen Epochen dieser sich ständig wandelnden Stadt, ihre Kriege, Affären, Könige, Propheten, Eroberer, Heiligen und Huren, die diese Stadt mitgeschaffen und geprägt haben. Basierend auf dem neuesten Stand der Forschung und teilweise unbekanntem Archivmaterial macht er die Essenz dieser einzigartigen Stadt greifbar und lässt sie in ihrer Einzigartigkeit leuchten. Denn nur Jerusalem existiert zweimal: im Himmel und auf Erden. »Montefiore erzählt so lebendig, dass man wie bei einem Krimi das Buch nicht aus der Hand legen kann.« Deutschlandfunk »Simon Montefiore ist ein wunderbarer Historiker. Immer ist er in der Lage, komplexe Themen einfach dazulegen.« Die Welt »Dieses gewaltige und glanzvolle Portrait Jerusalems ist von Anfang bis zum Ende absolut überwältigend.« Sunday Times »Packend, überragend, ein Meisterwerk! Montefiore vereint den Blick eines Romanciers für Nuancen mit dem Spürsinn eines Journalisten für menschliche Schwächen und dem Können großer Historiker, die richtigen Quellen zum Sprechen zu bringen.« The Times »Fesselnd! Überzeugend! Ein Werk voller Leidenschaft und Gelehrsamkeit. Eine bedeutende Leistung mit einem wundervollem Sinn für die Absurditäten und Abenteuer der Geschichte.« The Independent »Eine grandiose Darstellung der unglaublichen Geschichte [von Jerusalem]; ein Mammutwerk, das Maßstäbe setzt. Der Historiker ist ein Erzähler im besten Sinn, und es gelingt ihm das Kunststück, aus einer Flut von Quellen zur 3000-jährigen Geschichte dieser Stadt eine Biografie wie einen spannenden Roman zu schreiben: niemals langweilig, oft überraschend, detailreich und größere Zusammenhänge einbeziehend.« Westdeutsche Zeitung

Belonging

The Story of the Jews 1492–1900

Author: Simon Schama

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448190665

Category: Social Science

Page: 800

View: 5843

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE SELECTED AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 BY THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, MAIL ON SUNDAY AND OBSERVER Belonging is a magnificent cultural history abundantly alive with energy, character and colour. From the Jews’ expulsion from Spain in 1492 it tells the stories not just of rabbis and philosophers but of a poetess in the ghetto of Venice; a boxer in Georgian England; a general in Ming China; an opera composer in nineteenth-century Germany. The story unfolds in Kerala and Mantua, the starlit hills of Galilee, the rivers of Colombia, the kitchens of Istanbul, the taverns of Ukraine and the mining camps of California. It sails in caravels, rides the stage coaches and the railways; trudges the dawn streets of London, hobbles along with the remnant of Napoleon’s ruined army. The Jewish story is a history that is about, and for, all of us. And in our own time of anxious arrivals and enforced departures, the Jews’ search for a home is more startlingly resonant than ever.

The Founding of Israel

The Journey to a Jewish Homeland from Abraham to the Holocaust

Author: Martin Connolly

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1526737167

Category: History

Page: 248

View: 2009

‘Here [In the State if Israel] their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped. Here they first attained statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance, and gave the world the Eternal Book of Books.’ David Ben-Gurion, 14 May 1948 Seventy years ago in 1948 the State of Israel came into being amidst great controversy. For many, the Jews did not belong in Palestine and around them many nations sought to eradicate the new state from the map. How did the State arise? What led to the founding of Israel? This book sets out to give a chronological journey of the Jewish people from the time Abraham came out of the land of Ur 3,000 years ago, until 6 million of them died in the horror of the Holocaust under Hitler and his Nazi regime. It recounts the many expulsions from the land in which they lived, the suffering under Babylonians, Greek, Persians, the destruction of their Temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD, and finally, genocide and the expulsion by the Romans in 132 AD creating a diaspora across the world. The Jews would be charged with killing God and throughout the following centuries would be expelled from countries, burned alive after being locked in Synagogues and at the stake, have all their property seized and herded into ghettoes. All of this until that fatal Holocaust, which attempted to wipe them from the face of the earth. This book recounts their story to achieve a homeland , using a wide-range of historical documents to tell the story of humiliation, suffering, poverty and death. It tells of religious persecution that would not let them rest, and as their journey enters the twentieth century, gives a behind-the-scenes look at how governments manipulated the Middle East and exacerbated divisions.

Perspectives

The Evolution of the Cosmos, Life, Humans, Culture and Religion and a Look into the Future

Author: William F Brown

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1460270312

Category: Science

Page: 412

View: 1131

From the first seconds Following the Big Bang, to our best guesses for the fate of the universe and humanity, science provides stunning new perspectives about the place of humanity in the cosmos. Humans may live on one planet in one small corner of the Milky Way, itself one of billions of other galaxies, but Earth may be unique in one respect. Earth is teaming with life, one species of which, through chance and natural selection, developed an extraordinary brain, gifted with imagination, curiosity and a compulsion to understand ourselves and the universe. Perspectives is a journey through deep time, from the creation of the universe to the beginnings of life, our human origins and later the rise of culture and religion. It explores what it means to be human, and where our technology could take us in the years and centuries to come. www.williamfbrown.com

Die Kelten und ihre Geschichte

Author: Barry Cunliffe

Publisher: Bastei Lübbe GmbH & CompanyKG (Lübbe Hardcover)

ISBN: 9783785705063

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 9954

A History of Britain - Volume 3

The Fate of Empire 1776-2000

Author: Simon Schama

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409018350

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 4801

The final stage of Simon Schama's epic voyage around Britain spans centuries, crosses the breadth of the empire and covers a vast expanse of topics - from the birth of feminism to the fate of freedom. The Fate of the Empire asks crucial questions about the nature of empire, journeying from celebrations of industrial and imperialist power at the Great Exhibition, to the catastrophic Irish potato famine and the Indian Mutiny. Through the military and economic shocks and traumas of our past, Schama asks the question that is still with us - is the immense weight of our history a blessing or a curse, a gift or a millstone around the neck of our future? This third and final volume in the series is a vast compelling history, made more so by the lively storytelling and big bold characters at the heart of the action. But alongside flamboyant heroes, like Nelson and Churchill, Schama recalls unsung heroines and virtually unknown enemies. Alongside the grand ideas, he exposes the grand illusions that cost untold lives.

Vor allen Nächten

Roman

Author: Dara Horn

Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 3827070333

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 8781

In Vor allen Nächten erzählt Dara Horn die Geschichte von Jacob Rappaport, jüdischer Einwanderersohn aus den Nordstaaten, der während des amerikanischen Bürgerkriegs zwischen alle Fronten gerät: den Kampf gegen die Sklaverei, ein Mordkomplott gegen Präsident Abraham Lincoln, vier bildhübsche Schwestern aus den Südstaaten, deren Charme er hoffnungslos verfällt. Aus dieser Perspektive ist dieser große Stoff der Weltliteratur noch nie beleuchtet worden - und schon gar nicht mit solchem Witz, mit solcher Farbigkeit und der Souveränität einer Autorin unserer Zeit.

The American Future

A History From The Founding Fathers To Barack Obama

Author: Simon Schama

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409018792

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 9409

The American Future traces the history of a country whose most enduring trait is its capacity for self-renewal, especially at times of disaster. Examining issues of power, race and immigration, religious fervour and prosperity, this masterful portrait of the world's most controversial superpower looks backwards and forwards to understand why now, more than ever, the fate of America, and by extension the rest of the world, is hanging in the balance.

Rough Crossings

Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution

Author: Simon Schama

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409018628

Category: History

Page: 544

View: 7358

Rough Crossings is the astonishing story of the struggle to freedom by thousands of African-American slaves who fled the plantations to fight behind British lines in the American War of Independence. With gripping, powerfully vivid story-telling, Simon Schama follows the escaped blacks into the fires of the war, and into freezing, inhospitable Nova Scotia where many who had served the Crown were betrayed in their promises to receive land at the war's end. Their fate became entwined with British abolitionists: inspirational figures such as Granville Sharp, the flute-playing father-figure of slave freedom, and John Clarkson, the 'Moses' of this great exodus, who accompanied the blacks on their final rough crossing to Africa, where they hoped that freedom would finally greet them.

A History of Britain - Volume 1

At the Edge of the World? 3000 BC-AD 1603

Author: Simon Schama

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409018245

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 1764

Change - sometimes gentle and subtle, sometimes shocking and violent - is the dynamic of Simon Schama's unapologetically personal and grippingly written history of Britain, especially the changes that wash over custom and habit, transforming our loyalties. What makes or breaks a nation? To whom do we give our allegiance and why? And where do the boundaries of our community lie - in our hearth and home, our village or city, tribe or faith? What is Britain - one country or many? Has British history unfolded 'at the edge of the world' or right at the heart of it? Schama delivers these themes in a form that is at once traditional and excitingly fresh. The great and the wicked are here - Becket and Thomas Cromwell, Robert the Bruce and Anne Boleyn - but so are countless more ordinary lives: an Irish monk waiting for the plague to kill him in his cell at Kilkenny; a small boy running through the streets of London to catch a glimpse of Elizabeth I. The first in a series, this volume paints a rich and vivid portrait of the life of the British people and their nation.

A History of Britain

The British Wars 1603-1776

Author: Simon Schama

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0563487186

Category: Great Britain

Page: 447

View: 3409

'Great Britain? What was that?' asks Simon Schama at the start of this, the second book of his epic three-volume journey into Britain's past. This volume, The British Wars, is a compelling chronicle of the changes that transformed every strand and stratum of British life, faith and thought from 1603 to 1776. Travelling up and down the country and across three continents, Schama explores the forces that tore Britain apart during two centuries of dynamic change - transforming outlooks, allegiances and boundaries. From the beginning of the British wars in July 1637, for 200 years battles raged on - both at home and abroad, on sea and on land, up and down the length of burgeoning Britain, across Europe, America and India. Most would be wars of faith - waged on wide-ranging grounds of political or religious conviction. But as wars of religious passions gave way to campaigns for profit, the British people did come together in the imperial enterprise of 'Britannia Incorporated'. The story of that great alteration is a story of revolution and reaction, inspiration and disenchantment, of progress and catastrophe, and Schama's evocative narrative brings it vividly to life.

Sarum

Roman

Author: Edward Rutherfurd

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783426629598

Category:

Page: 968

View: 3607

Der Klassiker, der Bestseller, der große Roman einer Stadt 7500 v. Christus: Der Jäger Hwll macht sich mit seiner Frau Akun und ihren Kindern auf den Weg Richtung Süden. Zusammen mit einer anderen Familie gründen sie eine Siedlung, damals Sarum, heute Salisbury genannt. Rutherfurd inszeniert anhand von fünf spannenden Familienschicksalen markante Ereignisse in der Geschichte einer geschichtsträchtigen und sagenumwobenen Gegend: den Bau von Stonehenge, die Eroberung Britanniens durch die Römer und vor allem die Errichtung der berühmten Kathedrale.

Hang-Ups

Essays on Painting (Mostly)

Author: Simon Schama

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409073580

Category: Art

Page: 368

View: 6443

Pre-eminent author and art historian Simon Schama has written widely on art for many years to great acclaim. In Hang-Ups, a personal selection of his articles from, amongst others, The New Yorker, appears in Britain for the very first time. Brilliantly and lucidly written by one of the most singular voices in non-fiction, this volume of provocative and often idiosyncratic essays makes hugely satisfying reading for lovers of both art and social history. In contains pieces on artists as diverse as David Hockney, Rembrandt and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and on such subjects as the unforgettable peculiarity of Stanley Spencer. From the author whose writing has been called sublime and whose ability to bring art and history vividly to life has earned him admiration worldwide, Hang-Ups is Schamas rallying cry for the art lover to look at familiar works of art and their artists and embrace a new way of seeing.

Kommt ein Pferd in die Bar

Roman

Author: David Grossman

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446251898

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 9335

Für eine gute Pointe gab Dovele schon immer alles. Als Kind lief er oft auf den Händen. Er tat das, um seine Mutter zum Lachen zu bringen und damit ihm keiner ins Gesicht schlug. Heute steht er ein letztes Mal in einer Kleinstadt in Israel auf der Bühne. Er hat seinen Jugendfreund, einen pensionierten Richter, eingeladen. Im Laufe des Abends erzählt der Comedian zwischen vielen Witzen eine tragische Geschichte aus seiner Jugend. Es geht um Freundschaft und Familie, Liebe, Verrat und eine sehr persönliche Abrechnung auf dem Weg zu einer Beerdigung. Dem Kleinstadtpublikum ist das Lachen vergangen. Den Leser hält David Grossman mit diesem grandiosen Roman bis zur letzten Zeile gefangen.

A History of Britain - Volume 2

The British Wars 1603-1776

Author: Simon Schama

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409018326

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 8525

Simon Schama explores the forces that tore Britain apart during two centuries of dynamic change - transforming outlooks, allegiances and boundaries. From the beginning of July 1637, battles raged on for 200 years - both at home and abroad, on sea and on land, up and down the length of burgeoning Britain, across Europe, America and India. Most would be wars of faith - waged on wide-ranging grounds of political or religious conviction. But as wars of religious passions gave way to campaigns for profit, the British people did come together in the imperial enterprise of 'Britannia Incorporated'. The British Wars is a story of revolution and reaction, inspiration and disenchantment, of progress and catastrophe, and Schama's evocative narrative brings it vividly to life.

Sex und die Zitadelle

Liebesleben in der sich wandelnden arabischen Welt

Author: Shereen El Feki

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446242929

Category: Political Science

Page: 432

View: 8945

Dieses Buch wagt sich an ein Tabu: Fünf Jahre lang hat Shereen El Feki Frauen und Männer in den arabischen Ländern, vor allem in Ägypten, befragt, was sie über Sex denken und welche Rolle er in ihrem Leben spielt. El Feki schildert bewegende Schicksale, erläutert historische Hintergründe und liefert aufschlussreiche Daten. Anhand der verschiedenen Aspekte von Sexualität eröffnet sie völlig neue Einblicke in das Innenleben der sich wandelnden arabischen Welt. Sie betont, dass den Islam eigentlich eine positive Haltung zur Sexualität auszeichnet, vertritt aber zugleich die provokante These, dass ohne einen freieren, offeneren Umgang damit die politisch-soziale Entwicklung in den arabischen Gesellschaften weiterhin stagnieren wird.

Scribble, Scribble, Scribble

Writing on Ice Cream, Obama, Churchill and My Mother

Author: Simon Schama

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409018652

Category: Art

Page: 464

View: 9035

Passionate, provocative, entertaining and informative, Scribble, Scribble, Scribble ranges far and wide: from cookery and family to Barack Obama, from preaching and Shakespeare to Victorian sages, from Charlotte Rampling and Hurricane Katrina to 'The Fate of Eloquence in the Age of The Osbournes'.

Power of Art

Author: Simon Schama

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0563487100

Category: Art

Page: 448

View: 6313

"Simon Schama follows the success of A HISTORY OF BRITAIN with his explosive new series and book on the history of creativity. aking as his starting point eight famous painters and their great masterpieces, Schama transports the reader back to the intense moment in history when these works were conceived and born. In each case the artist - Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko - is backed into a corner, facing a crisis; given a chance to confound his rivals, enemies and critics one more time. ut this is more than a story about art and artists. As Schama takes us back to the birthplace of these masterpieces - to the murderous, messianic world of Baroque Rome; paranoid, revolutionary Paris; the madhouses and brothels of Provence and the carnage of civil war Spain - a very modern history of the Western world unfolds. Schama's epic story of the unfolding force of the visual imagination will make you look at art in a way you've never looked before "