Atlas of Medieval Jewish History
Coronet Books Inc.
Atlases dealing with the history of the Jews have begun appearing in English only recently. It is therefore a great contribution to the field to have this translation of a volume first published in Israel, where scholars have long realized the importance of such works for both students and researchers. The meticulous research of Beinart (Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem), one of the foremost scholars of medieval Jewish history, is evident on every page. He has divided the book into three major sections: an initial portion extending from the barbarian invasion of Europe to the Crusades; a second devoted to the period ending with the expulsion from Spain; and a final segment covering developments through the Chmielnicki massacres and Sabbatean movement. Every student of the period will treasure the 116 maps and illustrations, demographic data, and artwork. The volume also contains a useful bibliography and map, subject, and people indexes. This much-needed research and educational tool makes an excellent companion to Evyatar Friesel's Atlas of Modern Jewish History ( LJ 1/1/91); it covers in depth material touched on in Martin Gilbert's The Illustrated Atlas of Jewish Civilization (one of LJ 's "Best Reference Books," 4/15/91). Highly recommended to libraries and the general audience.