By Simon Markovich Dubnow
Original yr of publication: 1920
It isn't my goal to expatiate in those prefatory feedback at the current paintings and its writer. A heritage of the Jews in Russia and Poland from the pen of S. M. Dubnow wishes neither justification nor advice. The wish of a piece of this type has lengthy been keenly felt by way of these attracted to Jewish lifestyles or Jewish letters, by no means extra keenly than to-day whilst the flare of the realm conflagration has thrown into ghastly reduction the tragic plight of the biggest Jewry of the Diaspora. As for the writer, his strength of greedy and providing the vast elements of common 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 purely desire to render account of the English translation and of the shape of the unique which it has endeavored to reproduce.
The translation is predicated upon a piece in Russian which used to be specifically ready by means of Mr. Dubnow for THE JEWISH booklet SOCIETY OF the US. these familiar with smooth Jewish literature within the Russian language comprehend that the writer of our publication has handled a similar topic in his common heritage of the Jewish humans, in 3 volumes, and in a couple of specific 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 e-book issued herewith is a brand new and self reliant book. additionally, the historical past of Russian Jewry after 1881, comprising the ugly period of pogroms and expulsions, has been written by means of Mr. Dubnow completely anew, and should seem for the 1st time as a part of this paintings. the current e-book might therefore safely declare to provide the 1st accomplished and systematic account of the heritage 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 includes the bibliographical gear, the maps, the index, and different supplementary material.
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