War and Jewish History

It is but a truism to say that Jewish history fits itself into several compartments that at a superficial glance may be thought to be independent or almost independent of one another. In the first place one can divide Jewish history into the histories of the several Jewish communities, each to a large extent self-contained, in England, Poland, Spain, among countries?Venice, Rome, Vienna, complete entities among smaller groups?but not infrequently touching one another. On a wider canvas one may group Jewish history as the history of the Jews in the Eastern Lands, in Spain and Latin America, if one likes, in the British Empire or the English-speaking world. Jewish history of this character may as a matter of convenience be termed the History of the Jews. Yet although these separate histories are distinct and largely self-contained there are one or more currents common to them all, a thread that connects

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