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Simon Dubnow


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Russian Jewish historian (1860–1941). Dubnow wrote his great World History of the Jewish People in Russian but it was published in German translation in ten volumes in Berlin (1925–9) and subsequently in Hebrew. Inevitably, Dubnow's thought with regard to Jewish history has been compared with that of the other famous modern Jewish historian, Graetz. It has been said, perhaps too simplistically, that while Graetz sees the thrust of Jewish history chiefly in terms of great men and their ideas, Dubnow sees Jewish history as the expression of the rich and varied life lived by the Jewish people as a whole, not only its great heroes.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.


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