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Books from the University of Washington Press including The Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies


After Rabin

New Art from Israel

Susan Tumarkin Goodman

This handsome catalogue portrays the vitality and innovation that characterize the work of 36 artists who currently live in Israel. It seeks to capture the flavor of a turbulent, splintered time in Israeli society since the death of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.

Dist. for Jewish Museum
1999. 112 pp., 69 illus., 35 in color, bibliog.

0-87334-076-0 Paper, $19.95


Along the Edge of Annihilation

The Collapse and Recovery of Life in the Holocaust Diary

David Patterson

This extraordinary book is based on more than fifty diaries of Jewish Holocaust victims of all ages, written while the events described were actually taking place. It is organized around a series of themes that lead to a deeper understanding of the meaning of these works for both their writers and their readers, affirming the Holocaust diary as a form of spiritual resistance.

A Samuel and Althea Stroum Book
1999. 328 pp., notes, bibliog., index

0-295-97782-5 Cloth, $35.00s
0-295-97783-3 Paper, $19.95


Change within Tradition
among Jewish Women in Libya

Rachel Simon

"The first historical study devoted to Jewish women for any Middle Eastern country in the modern period and one of only a few scholarly works on the history of Middle Eastern women."
--American Historical Review

A Samuel and Althea Stroum Book
1992. 230 pp., illus., map, bibliog., index

0-295-97167-3 Cloth, $30.00s


Doors to Madame Marie

Odette Meyers

This eloquent and spirited first-person narrative of a young Jewish girl's coming of age in occupied France recounts her own family's difficult and brave survival and portrays as well the love and quiet heroism of her rescuers. Odette Meyer's gripping memoir provides a fascinating portrait of wartime France from the unusual perspective of a Jew whose life was permitted to go on.

A McLellan Book
1997. 400 pp., illus.

0-295-97576-8 Cloth, $24.95


Essential Outsiders

Chinese and Jews in the Modern Transformation
of Southeast Asia and Central Europe

Edited by Daniel Chirot and Anthony Reid

The essays in this book explore the reasons why the Jews in Central Europe and the Chinese in Southeast Asia have been both successful and stigmatized, essential but not fully accepted. They offer insights into the very formation of ethnic and national identities in the modern world and ideas about when the process is likely to lead to either violent social separation and conflict or peaceful accommodation.

Jackson School Publications in International Studies
1997. 368 pp.

0-295-97613-6 Paper, $25.00s


Facing West

Oriental Jews of Central Asia and the Caucasus

Valery Dymshits and Tatjana Emelyanenko

Includes materials from the Russian Museum of Ethnography representing the Tajik-speaking Bukharan Jews of Central Asia, the Tat-speaking Mountain Jews of Eastern Caucasia, and the Georgian-speaking Jews of Georgia. These are probably the only Jewish communities of the former Soviet Union that continue to live in the same areas.

Dist. for Waanders Publishers
1998. 128 pp., 113 illus., 41 in color, maps, notes, glossary, index

90-400-9216-8 Paper, $30.00


Gender and Assimilation
in Modern Jewish History

The Roles and Representation of Women

Paula E. Hyman

"In this highly important, lucidly written study, Hyman, a pioneer of the contemporary Jewish women's movement, reconsiders central themes of modern Jewish history from a gendered perspective. . . . No student of modern Jewry can ignore this work."--Choice

Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies
1995. 208 pp., bibliog., index

0-295-97426-5 Paper, $14.95s


Global Diasporas

An Introduction

Robin Cohen

In a perceptive and arresting analysis, Robin Cohen introduces a new approach to the study of world diasporas. The book investigates the changing meanings of diaspora and the contemporary diasporic condition, with case studies of Jews, Armenians, Africans, British, Indians, Lebanese, and Caribbean peoples.

Global Diasporas
1997. 241 pp., tables, notes, bibliog., index

0-295-97620-9 Paper, $19.95s


Historical Atlas of East Central Europe

Paul Robert Magocsi

"A masterful job in covering a huge area through 1,600 years of history. . . . [this atlas] will become the standard work in the area, a magnificent introduction to the subject."--Slavic Review

A History of East Central Europe I
1993. 232 pp., 89 color maps, tables, appendix, bibliog., index

0-295-97445-1 Paper, $39.95


I. L. Peretz and the Making of
Modern Jewish Culture

Ruth R. Wisse

"Focuses on I.L. Peretz (1851-1915), who stood at the intellectual center of Yiddish culture and literature. . . . Anyone interested in Jewish literature, history, or politics will find Wisse's scholarly study of Peretz's life and ideas and her analysis of his stories fascinating reading."--Booklist

Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies
1991. 146 pp., notes, index

0-295-97089-8 Cloth, $20.00s


I'm No Hero

The Journeys of a Holocaust Survivor

Henry Friedman

In this moving memoir of a Holocaust survivor, Friedman confronts with unblinking honesty the pain, the shame, and occasionally the bizarre comedy of his passage to adulthood.

A Samuel and Althea Stroum Book
1999. 208 pp., illus.

0-295-97801-5 Cloth, $24.95


Images of Sephardi
and Eastern Jewries in Transition

The Teachers of the Alliance Israélite Universelle, 1860-1939

Aron Rodrigue

"The Alliance Israélite Universelle used local Jews to spread the ideas and the language of the French Revolution. . . . Judiciously selected from a huge archive of raw material . . . it shows a less-than-naive understanding of Arab and Muslim society that is still valuable and challenges ignorance about the Middle East."--Choice

1993. 336 pp., 30 illus., map, tables, notes, bibliog., index
0-295-97281-5 Cloth, $40.00s


Imagining Russian Jewry

Memory, History, Identity

Steven J. Zipperstein

This book explores the imprint left by the Russian Jewish past on American Jews starting from the turn of the 20th century, considering literature ranging from immigrant novels to Fiddler on the Roof.
"This remarkably insightful work . . . takes us, with stylistic clarity and scholarly self-control, into a startlingly new and challenging landscape of Jewish history and history writing."--Chaim Potok

Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies
1999. 152 pp., notes, bibliog., index

0-295-97789-2 Cloth, $30.00s
0-295-97790-6 Paper, $14.95s


Jewish Identity in the Modern World

Michael A. Meyer

"Professor Meyer attempts to convey the primary experiences that have shaped Jewish history and identity since the beginning of the modern era. . . . Meyer's book is provocative. . . . [It] reframes old arguments into new ways of looking at Israeli-diaspora relations."
--Jewish Post and Opinion

Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies
1990. 120 pp., bibliog., index

0-295-97000-6 Cloth, $20.00s


Judaism and Hellenism in Antiquity

Conflict or Confluence?

Lee I. Levine

This book examines the influence of Greco-Roman culture on Jewish society from the aftermath of Alexander's conquest to the Byzantine era. It offers a balanced view of the literary, epigraphical, and archeological evidence attesting to the process of Hellenization in Jewish life and its impact on several aspects of Judaism as we know it today.

Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies
1998. 248 pp., 28 illus., map, notes, bibliog., index

0-295-97682-9 Paper, $20.00s


The Kiss of God

Spiritual and Mystical Death in Judaism

Michael Fishbane

"This study, focusing upon the themes of love and death, and love unto death, as reflected in spiritual growth and martyrological ideals, reveals, in a remarkable manner, a transcendent aspect of Jewish spirituality." --Religious Studies Review

Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies
1994. 168 pp., notes, index

0-295-97555-5 Paper, $10.95s


The Last Exodus

Leonard Schroeter

"The Last Exodus ranks among the important books of Jewish interest in recent years. . . . An invaluable source of information to anyone concerned with recent Jewish or, for that matter, Soviet history."--Commentary

1974. 1979. 444 pp., notes
0-295-95685-2 Paper, $10.95s


Life? or Theatre?

Charlotte Salomon

Charlotte Salomon (1917-1943) was a painter from Berlin who fled Nazi Germany in 1939 and spent the last years of her life at her grandparents' home in southern France. Her grandmother's suicide led her to paint a dramatized autobiography in an extensive series of gouaches.

Dist. for Waanders Publishers
1999. 832 pp., 895 illus., 784 in color

90-400-9286-9 Paper, $50.00


Orphan Objects

Facets of the Textiles Collection
of the Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam

Daniel M. Swetschinski

This selection from the textile collection of Amsterdam's Jewish Historical Museum illustrates ritual objects as workaday items illustrating the life and history of the Jews.

Dist. for Waanders Publishers
1998. 248 pp., 170 color illus., bibliog., glossary, notes, index

90-400-9953-7 Cloth, $75.00


Portrait of American Jews

The Last Half of the Twentieth Century

Samuel C. Heilman

Has America been a place that has preserved and protected Jewish life? Is it a place in which a Jewish future is ensured? Samuel Heilman, long-time observer of American Jewish life, grapples with these questions from a sociologist's perspective. He argues that the same conditions that have allowed Jews to live in relative security since the 1950s have also presented them with a greater challenge than did the adversity and upheaval of earlier years.

Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies
1995. 208 pp., notes, index

0-295-97470-2 Cloth, $30.00s
0-295-97471-0 Paper, $17.95s


Recent Archaeological Discoveries
and Biblical Research

William G. Dever

"[A] provocative and often insightful volume. . . . The book's central chapters describe in illuminating detail how the results of recent . . . excavations affect our understanding of three major issues and periods in the history of Israel. Dever's firsthand knowledge of the material is everywhere apparent, and his presentation of important new data is characteristically lucid." --Biblical Archaeology Review

Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies
1989. 200 pp., 65 illus., maps, index

0-295-97261-0 Paper, $14.95s


A Sephardi Life in Southeastern Europe

The Autobiography and Journals of
Gabriel Arié,1863-1939

Edited by Esther Benbassa and Aron Rodrigue

Autobiographical texts are rare in the Sephardic world. This book publishes in full the autobiography (covering the years 1863 to 1906) and yearly journals (1906-1939) of Gabriel Arié, whose writings express the double, divided, and dissonant existence of a Westernized Jew in the Levantine world.

A Samuel and Althea Stroum Book
1998. 333 pp., 14 illus., map, bibliog., indexes

0-295-97674-8 Paper, $25.00s


Zakhor

Jewish History and Jewish Memory

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi
Foreword by Harold Bloom

"Mr. Yerushalmi's previous writings . . . established him as one of the Jewish community's most important historians. His latest book should establish him as one of its most important critics. Zakhor is historical thinking of a very high order--mature speculation based on massive scholarship."--New York Times Book Review

Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies
1982. 154 pp., notes, index

0-295-97519-9 Paper, $13.95s


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