Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900 (Hardback)
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Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900 (Hardback)

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Hardback 800 Pages / Published: 05/10/2017
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Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2017

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.

Belonging is a magnificent cultural history abundantly alive with energy, character and colour. It spans centuries and continents, from the Jews' expulsion from Spain in 1492 it navigates miracles and massacres, wandering, discrimination, harmony and tolerance; to the brink of the twentieth century and, it seems, a point of profound hope.

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.

Through Schama's passionate telling of this second chronicle in an epic tale, a history emerges of the Jewish people that feels it is the story of everyone, of humanity.

An award-winning English historian author and television presenter, Simon Schama is Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University in New York. His books include: Citizens, a three-volume History of Britain, Landscape and Memory, Rough Crossings, The American Future, The Power of ArtThe Face of Britain and two volumes of Jewish history, The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000BCE-1492 and Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1490-1900

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781847922809
Number of pages: 800
Weight: 1360 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 51 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Dazzling. [A] profoundly illuminating book" - The Observer

 "If Jewish history is an endless series of variations on the theme of exile and return, then Schama has made himself the leading virtuoso of our time. A glittering gemstone of a book." - The Times      

"Schama leavens his tale with wit and charm, while also displaying remarkable breadth of research and erudition." - The Sunday Times

"Simon Schama takes the reader through a grand sweep of Jewish history, but he makes it so personal you begin to feel you know the men and women whose lives shine out from the pages, and their foibles, and you get a sense of the fragility of their lives and their determination to survive. It's a brilliant piece of work." - Julia Neuberger, Senior Rabbi, West London Synagogue

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“Belonging: The Story of the Jews”

Excellently researched. A great continuation of Schama's investigation of the Jewish story

Hardback edition
3rd November 2017
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“Bought as present so not read.”

Bought as present so not read.

Hardback edition
16th December 2017
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