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   [Alp86]
          Alpher, Joseph (ed). Encyclopedia of Jewish History: Events and
          Eras of the Jewish People. Facts on File Publications, 1986.
          Hardcover. 288 pages. ISBN 0-816012-20-2.
          [6][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Bam70]
          Bamberger, Bernard. The Story of Judaism. Schocken Books, New
          York. 1970. May be out of print.
          
   [Bar52]
          Baron, Salo W. A Social and Religous History of the Jews. 19
          Vols to date. Columbia University Press, New York. 1952-.
          [Comprehensive, organized topically, not strictly
          chronologically. This book is very extensive, and may be
          difficult to read. Not for the beginner.]
          
          The following are the volumes that I have information about:
          
          + Volume 1: Social and Religious History of the Jews: Ancient
            Times to the Beginning of the Christian Era 2nd edition. June
            1973. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-38-8.
            [7][Buy at Amazon:
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            ewish] 
          + Volume 4: Social and Religious History of the Jews: Meeting
            of East and West. 2nd revised edition. June 1957. Columbia
            Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-41-8.
            [8][Buy at Amazon:
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            ewish] 
          + Volume 5: A Social and Religious History of the Jews:
            Religious Controls and Dissensions. 2nd revised edition. June
            1957. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-42-6.
            [9][Buy at Amazon:
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            ewish] 
          + Volume 6: A Social and Religious History of the Jews: Laws,
            Homilies, and the Bible. 2nd revised edition. June 1958.
            Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-43-4.
            [10][Buy at Amazon:
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            ewish] 
          + Volume 7: A Social and Religious History of the Jews: Hebrew
            Language and Letters. 2nd revised edition. June 1958.
            Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-44-2.
            [11][Buy at Amazon:
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            ewish] 
          + Volume 8: A Social and Religious History of the Jews:
            Philosophy and Science. 2nd revised edition. June 1958.
            Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-45-0.
            [12][Buy at Amazon:
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            ewish] 
          + Volume 9: Social and Religious History of the Jews: (subtitle
            unknown). 2nd revised edition. June 1965. Columbia Univ Pr.
            ISBN 0-231088-46-9.
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            ewish] 
          + Volume 10: Social and Religious History of the Jews:
            (subtitle unknown). June 1965. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN
            0-231088-47-7.
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            ewish] 
          + Volume 11: A Social and Religious History of the Jews: Late
            Middle Ages and Era of European Expansion, 1200-1650 2nd
            revised edition. June 1967. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN:
            0-231088-48-5.
            [15][Buy at Amazon:
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            ewish] 
          + Volume 13: Social and Religious History of Jews: Late Middle
            Ages and Era of European Expansion, 1200-1650; Inquisition,
            Renaissance and Reformation. July 1979. Columbia Univ Pr.
            ISBN: 0-231088-50-7.
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            ewish] 
          + Volume 14: Social and Religious History of Jews: Late Middle
            Ages and Era of European Expansion,1200-1650;Catholic
            Restoration and Wars of Religion. July 1979. Columbia Univ
            Pr. ISBN 0-231088-51-5.
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          + Volume 15: Social and Religious History of the Jews: Late
            Middle Ages and Era of European Expansion, 1200-1650. June
            1973. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-52-3.
            [18][Buy at Amazon:
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            ewish] 
          + Volume 16: Social and Religious History of the Jews:
            Poland--Lithuania, 1500-1650. June 1976. Columbia Univ Pr.
            ISBN 0-231088-53-1.
            [19][Buy at Amazon:
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            ewish] 
          + Volume 17: Social and Religious History of the Jews:
            Byzantines, Mamelukes, and Maghribians. 2nd revised edition.
            July 1980. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-54-X
            [20][Buy at Amazon:
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            ewish] 
          + Volume 18: Social and Religious History of the Jews: Late
            Middle Ages and Era of European Expansion. 2nd revised
            edition. September 1983. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN
            0-231088-55-8.
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            ewish] 
          + Volume 19: Social and Religious History of the Jews : Index
            to Volumes Ix-XVIII. 2nd revised edition. January 1993.
            Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-56-6.
            [22][Buy at Amazon:
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            ewish] 
            
   [Bar95]
          Barnavi, Eli. A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People: From the
          Time of the Patriarchs to the PresentSchocken Books, 1995.
          Hardcover Reissue edition. ISBN 0-805241-27-2.
          [23][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Bas99]
          Baskin, Judith R. (ed). Jewish Women in Historical Perspective.
          Wayne State Univ Pr; 1999. Paperback. 2nd edition. ISBN
          0-814327-13-3.
          [24][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish/] 
          
   [Ben71]
          Ben-Sasson, H.H. & Ettinger, S. (eds.). Jewish Society Through
          the Ages. Schocken Books. 1971. Out of print. [A survey of
          Jewish life edited by two distinguished Hebrew University
          professors and commissioned by UNESCO]
          
   [Ben76]
          Ben-Sasson, H. H. (ed.). A History of the Jewish People (by
          scholars at the Hebrew U, Jerusalem). English translation:
          Harvard University Press, 1976. Hebrew: Dvir Publishing House,
          Tel Aviv, 1969. 1170 pp. ISBN 0-674397-30-4. English Paperback
          Reprint, 1985, Harvard Univ Pr, ISBN: 0-674397-31-2. [Prepared
          by six distinguished scholars at the Hebrew University, this
          comprehensive history pays particular attention to more recent
          historical sources, discoveries of archaeological research and
          to other source material such as talmudic literature often
          ignored by other historians.]
          [25][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Ble99]
          Blech, Benjamin. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jewish History
          and Culture MacMillan Distribution. 1999. 416 pp. ISBN
          0-028627-11-3
          [26][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Bro98]
          Brody, Robert. The Geonim of Babylonia and the Shaping of
          Medieval Jewish Culture. Yale Univ Pr; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN
          0-300070-47-0.
          [27][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish/] 
          
   [Bro99]
          Brook, Kevin Alan. The Jews of Khazaria Jason Aronson, 1999.
          Hardcover. 360 pages. ISBN 0-765762-12-9. [Kevin is a
          contributor to the S.C.J FAQ, and provided much of the material
          for the section about Khazaria and Ashkenazi Jews.]
          [28][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Cah98]
          Cahill, Thomas. The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert
          Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels. Hinges of
          History: Vol. 2. Doubleday Books, Hardcover, 1998. 291 pages.
          ISBN 0-385482-48-5.
          [29][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Coh95]
          Cohen, Mark R. Under Crescent and Cross. Princeton University
          Press. Reissue edition, 1995. Paperback. 304 pages. ISBN
          0-691010-82-X.
          [30][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Coh96]
          Cohn-Sherbok, Dan. Atlas of Jewish History. Routledge. 1996.
          Paperback. ISBN 0-415088-00-3.
          [31][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Dim62]
          Dimont, Max. Jews, God, and History. Signet Books, New York.
          1962. Paperback revised and updated, 1994, Mentor Books, ISBN
          0-451628-66-7. [Note: May not be completely reliable]
          [32][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Dor00]
          Dorfman, Rivka; Dorfman, Ben-Zion. Synagogues Without Jews: And
          the Communities That Built and Used Them. Jewish Publication
          Society; November 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827606-92-3. [This
          book presents the histories of 34 Jewish communities in Europe
          and describes the art and architecture of their synagogues with
          300+ photographs and discussion. Most of these communities no
          longer exist. A special chapter, "A Gallery of Women" is
          devoted to particular women and the role of women in the
          synagogue.]
          [33][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Fin38]
          Finkelstein, Louis. The Pharisees: The Sociological Background
          of Their Faith. Jewish Publication Society. 1938. Out of print.
          [A two volume classic]
          
   [Fin71a]
          Finkelstein, Louis (ed.). The Jews: Their History. Schocken
          Books. 1971 (4th ed.). Out of print. [A comprehensive
          description of Judaism and the Jews, edited by the late
          Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary]
          
   [Fin71b]
          Finkelstein, Louis (ed.). The Jews: Their Religion and Culture.
          Schocken Books. 1971 (4th ed.). Out of print. [A comprehensive
          description of Judaism and the Jews, edited by the late
          Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary]
          
   [Fin71c]
          Finkelstein, Louis (ed.). The Jews: Their Role in Civilization.
          Schocken Books. 1971 (4th ed.). Out of print. [A comprehensive
          description of Judaism and the Jews, edited by the late
          Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary]
          
   [Ger97]
          Gerber, Jane S. (ed.); De Lange, Nicholas (ed); and De Lange,
          N. R. M. The Illustrated History of the Jewish People Harcourt
          Brace. Hardcover illustrate edition. 448 pp. 1997. ISBN
          0-151003-02-5.
          [34][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Gli99]
          Glick, Leonard B. Abraham's Heirs: Jews and Christians in
          Medieval Europe. Syracuse University Press. 1st edition, 1999.
          Paperback. 272 pages. ISBN 0-815627-79-3.
          [35][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Gre97]
          Greenbaum, Masha. The Jews of Lithuania: A History of a
          Remarkable Community 1316-1945. Gefen Books, 1997. Hardcover.
          416 pages. ISBN 9-652291-32-3.
          [36][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Goi74]
          Goiten S.D. Jews and Arabs: Their Contacts Through the Ages.
          Schocken Books. 1974 (3ed.). Out of print. [A classic
          historical survey]
          
   [Gra67]
          Grayzel, Solomon. A History of the Jews. Jewish Publishing
          Society, Philadelphia. 1967. ISBN 0-827601-42-5. May be out of
          print. [Good overview. A good general perspective on Jewish
          history. Not Orthodox.]
          [37][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Grixx]
          Gribetz, Judah; Greenstein, Edward L.; Stein, Regina. The
          Timetables of Jewish History: A Chronology of the Most
          Important People and Events in Jewish History. ISBN
          0-671885-77-4. Out of print.
          
   [Hal84a]
          Hallo, William, Ruderman, David, & Stanislawski (eds.).
          Heritage: Civilization and the Jews (Source Reader). Praeger
          Publishers. 1984. ISBN 0-275911-83-7. [primary materials
          designed to parallel the TV series; Hallo is professor of
          Assyriology and Babylonian Literature at Yale, Ruderman chairs
          Yale's Judaica Department, Stanislawski is professor of Jewish
          History at Columbia]
          [38][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Hal84b]
          Hallo, William, Ruderman, David, & Stanislawski. Heritage:
          Civilization and the Jews (Study Guide). Praeger Publishers.
          1984. Out of print. [primary materials designed to parallel the
          TV series; Hallo is professor of Assyriology and Babylonian
          Literature at Yale, Ruderman chairs Yale's Judaica Department,
          Stanislawski is professor of Jewish History at Columbia]
          
   [Isa89]
          Isaacs, Jacob. Our People 6 vols. Kehot, Brooklyn NY. 1989. May
          be out of print. [History up unto the modern era from the
          traditional point of view]
          
   [Isa95]
          Isaacs, Ronald H. (ed); Olitzky, Kerry M. (ed). Critical
          Documents of Jewish History: A Sourcebook. Jason Aronson; 1995.
          Hardcover. ISBN 1-568213-92-1.
          [39][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish/] 
          
   [Joh88]
          Johnson, Paul. A History of the Jews. HarperCollins, 1988. 644
          pp. ISBN 0-060915-33-1. [Using an active voice and an upbeat
          pacing, this 600-page tome is one of the most highly
          reccomended books on The subject. It delivers a comprehensive
          survey covering 4,000 years of Jewish history. A forceful and
          sustained analysis of Jewish emergence and an interpretation of
          how Jewish history, philosophy, ethics, and social and
          political notions interplay with world history.]
          [40][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Jud98]
          Judah, Ha-Levi; Korobkin, N. Daniel The Kuzari: In Defense of
          the Despised Faith. Jason Aronson, 1998. Hardcover. 507 pages.
          ISBN 0-765799-70-7.
          [41][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Kai98]
          Kaiser, Walter C. A History of Israel: From the Bronze Age
          Through the Jewish Wars. Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998.
          Hardcover. 560 pages. ISBN 0-805462-84-8.
          [42][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Kat83]
          Katz, Jacob. Exclusiveness and Tolerance: Studies in
          Jewish-Gentile Relations in Medieval and Modern Times (Scripta
          Judaica, 3). Behrman House; 1983. Paperback. Reprint edition.
          ISBN 0-874413-65-6.
          [43][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish/] 
          
   [Men95]
          Mendes-Flohr, Paul R. (ed); Reinharz, Jehuda (ed). The Jew in
          the Modern World: A Documentary History. Oxford Univ Press;
          1995. Paperback. ISBN 0-195074-53-X.
          [44][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish/] 
          
   [Mil86]
          Miller, J. Maxwell; Hayes, John Haralson (photos). A History of
          Ancient Israel and Judah Westminster John Knox Press. 1986.
          Hardcover. 523 pages. ISBN 0-664212-62-X.
          [45][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Pot90]
          Potok, Chaim. Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews.
          Fawcett Books, 1990. ISBN: 0-449215-82-2.
          [46][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Rot66]
          Roth, Cecil. A History of the Jews. Schocken, New York. rev.
          ed. 1966. also in paperback. Out of print.
          
   [Rud92]
          Ruderman, David B. (ed.). Essential Papers on Jewish Culture in
          Renaissance and Baroque Italy. NYU Press. 1992. Paperback: ISBN
          0-814774-20-2. Hardback: 0-814774-19-9.
          Paperback: [47][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] ; Hardback: [48][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Sac90]
          Sachar, Howard Morley. The Course of Modern Jewish History.
          Vintage Books. New revised edition, 1990. Paperback. 891 pages.
          ISBN 0-679727-46-9.
          [49][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Sac96]
          Sachar, Howard M. A History of Israel: From the Rise of Zionism
          to Our Time. Knopf; 1996. Paperback. 2nd revised edition. ISBN
          0-679765-63-8.
          [50][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish/] 
          
   [Sack93]
          Sacks, Jonathan. One People: Tradition, Modernity, and Jewish
          Unity (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization). Littman Library
          of Jewish Civilization; 1993. Paperback. ISBN 1-874774-01-3.
          [51][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish/] 
          
   [Sch98]
          Scheindlin, Raymond P. Short History of the Jewish People: From
          Legendary Times to Modern Statehood. IDG Books Worldwide; 1998.
          Hardcover. ISBN 0-028625-86-2.
          [52][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish/] 
          
   [Sel80]
          Seltzer, Robert. M. Jewish People, Jewish Thought: The Jewish
          Experience in History. Macmillan Publishing Co, New York, 1980.
          Prentice Hall College Div; 1982, ISBN 0-024089-40-0. 896 pp [An
          intellectual history. Shows the development of Jewish ideas and
          concepts. On the level of an advanced undergrad or grad
          textbook and is not always easy going.]
          [53][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Wei90]
          Wein, Berel. Triumph of Survival: The Story of Jews in the
          Modern Age, 1650-1990. Shaar Press, NY (Yeshivah Shaarei Torah,
          36 Carlton Rd, Suffern NY). 1990. Mesorah Publications Ltd.,
          1993. ISBN 0-899064-98-1 (Hardback) [A fine history from the
          Orthodox perspective.]
          [54][Buy at Amazon:
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          ish] 
          
   [Wex93]
          Wexler, Paul. The Ashkenazic Jews: A Slavo-Turkic People in
          Search of a Jewish Identity Slavica Publishers (Columbus OH).
          1993. ISBN 0-893572-41-1. Out of print.
          
   There is also a good reading list on American Jewish history
   maintained by the American Jewish Historical Society at
   [55]http://www.ajhs.org/ajhbibl.htm

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