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Jews of Khazaria - Kevin Alan Brook

Paperback Published: 16th December 2009
ISBN: 9780742549821
Number Of Pages: 315

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The Jews of Khazaria chronicles the history of the Khazars, a people who, in the early Middle Ages, founded a large empire in eastern Europe (located in present-day Ukraine and Russia). The Khazars played a pivotal role in world history. Khazaria was one of the largest-sized political formations of its time, an economic and cultural superpower connected to several important trade routes. It was especially notable for its religious tolerance, and in the 9th century, a large portion of the royal family converted to Judaism. Many of the nobles and commoners did likewise shortly thereafter. After their conversion, the Khazars were ruled by a succession of Jewish kings that began to adopt the hallmarks of Jewish civilization, including the Torah and Talmud, the Hebrew script, and the observance of Jewish holidays. In this thoroughly revised edition of a modern classic, The Jews of Khazaria explores many exciting new discoveries about the Khazars' religious life, economy, military, government, and culture. It builds upon new studies of the Khazars, evaluating and incorporating recent theories, along with new documentary and archaeological findings. The book gives a comprehensive accounting of the cities, towns, and fortresses of Khazaria, and features a timeline summarizing key events in Khazar history.

This second, revised edition of Kevin Brook's well-received publication in 1999 of The Jews of Khazaria, integrates important new data culled from ongoing archaeological digs in southern Russia and the Crimea, genetic results of DNA processing, examination of formerly unknown or ignored coin hordes, and the continuing research of scholars around the world. It succeeds in elucidating controversial issues, while contextualizing the Khazar polity within the competitive 9th-11th-century world of Byzantium, the Arab Caliphate, and two regional upstarts: the Dnepr-based aggregate of Nordic, Slavic, and Turkic peoples known as Rus', and the Turkic-Islamic kaganate of Bulgar flourishing in the middle and upper Volga territory. As a full exploration in English of the history and culture of the Khazars, this volume is without equal, and would be quite useful reading in courses focused on the Kievan period of Russian history, as well as broader ones treating the dynamics of Central Eurasian history during these lively and formative centuries.--Edward J. Lazzerini, Indiana University

Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 The Origins of the Khazars Chapter 4 The Cities and Towns of the Khazars Chapter 5 The Structure of the Khazar Government Chapter 6 The Khazar Way of Life Chapter 7 Khazarian Trade Chapter 8 The Khazars' Conversion to Judaism Chapter 9 Relations between the Khazars and Other Peoples Chapter 10 The Decline and Fall of the Khazar Empire Chapter 11 The Diaspora of the Khazars Chapter 12 Eastern and Central European Jews after the Tenth Century Chapter 13 Appendix A: Timeline of Khazar History Chapter 14 Appendix B: Glossary Chapter 15 Appendix C: Native Khazar Personal Names Chapter 16 Appendix D: Other Instances of Conversion to Judaism in History Chapter 17 Bibliography Chapter 18 Index Chapter 19 About the Author

ISBN: 9780742549821
ISBN-10: 0742549828
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 315
Published: 16th December 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.99  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised