Emancipation: How Liberating Europe's Jews From the Ghetto Led To Revolution and Renaissance

By Michael Goldfarb

General non-fiction, Biography & memoir | Paperback, Hardback, eBook


For more than 500 years, the Jews of Europe, were kept segregated. They were locked away each night in places that were called "ghettoes." They had virtually no impact on European history. Then beginning with the French Revolution and then the Napoleonic conquest they were Emancipated. Freed from the ghetto and challenged to assimilate Jewish thinkers began to radically transform Europe and the way people think about the world. This book explores the tensions that produced from nowhere: Marx, Freud, Einstein, Proust, Kafka, Mahler and dozens of others. The book is a "celebration" according to the New York Times and will speak not just to Jewish readers but to those who are facing their own challenges of assimilation as well as those who like to find out something they didn't already know.



Longtime NPR correspondent based in London, Michael Goldfarb has won every major broadcast journalism award on both sides of the Atlantic. His first book, Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace: Surviving Under Saddam, Dying in the New Iraq was named a New York Times Notable book of 2005 You can listen to a special series of talks on Emancipation at his website and a full selection of his radio pieces at soundcloud He tries out his new writing at Medium, follow him on twitter: @MGEmancipation


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Longtime NPR correspondent based in London, Michael Goldfarb has won every major broadcast journalism award on both sides of the Atlantic. His first book, Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace: Surviving Under Saddam, Dying in the New Iraq was named a New York Times Notable book of 2005 You can listen to a special series of talks on Emancipation at his website and a full selection of his radio pieces at so...


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