By Simon Markovich Dubnow
Original yr of publication: 1920
It isn't my goal to expatiate in those prefatory comments at the current paintings and its writer. A background of the Jews in Russia and Poland from the pen of S. M. Dubnow wishes neither justification nor suggestion. The wish of a piece of this sort has lengthy been keenly felt by way of these attracted to Jewish existence or Jewish letters, by no means extra keenly than to-day while the flare of the area conflagration has thrown into ghastly reduction the tragic plight of the biggest Jewry of the Diaspora. As for the writer, his energy of greedy and proposing the vast features of basic Jewish heritage and his lifelong, painstaking labors within the specific box of Russian- Jewish historical past healthy him in singular degree to deal with the duty to which this paintings is dedicated.
In what follows I basically desire to render account of the English translation and of the shape of the unique which it has endeavored to reproduce.
The translation relies upon a piece in Russian which used to be in particular ready by way of Mr. Dubnow for THE JEWISH e-book SOCIETY OF the US. these conversant in sleek Jewish literature within the Russian language comprehend that the writer of our e-book has taken care of a similar topic in his basic heritage of the Jewish humans, in 3 volumes, and in a few distinctive reports released by way of him within the periodical Yevreyskaya Starina (“Jewish Antiquity”). Upon this fabric Mr. Dubnow has freely drawn for the current paintings, after subjecting it to a cautious revision, and so supplementing and co-ordinating it that to all intents and reasons the publication issued herewith is a brand new and autonomous e-book. additionally, the heritage of Russian Jewry after 1881, comprising the grotesque period of pogroms and expulsions, has been written by way of Mr. Dubnow totally anew, and should seem for the 1st time as a part of this paintings. the current ebook could hence effectively declare to offer the 1st accomplished and systematic account of the background of Russo-Polish Jewry.
The paintings is split into 3 volumes. The 3rd and concluding quantity bargains with the reign of Nicholas II., the final of the Romanovs, and in addition comprises the bibliographical equipment, the maps, the index, and different supplementary material.
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