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Marc Bloch: A Life in History (review)

Marc Bloch: A Life in History (review) Volume 9, No.1 Fall1990 Black is thus to be congratulated on his industry and on making a case for the importance of Anglo-Jewish history. Ultimately, however, this big book fails due to its lack of synthesis. With more thought and accuracy The Social Politics of Anglo-Jewry might have become a classic text. Instead it appears hurried and must be seen asa wasted opportunity. Tony Kushner Parkes Fellow in Jewish Studies University of Southampton Marc Bloch: A Life in History, by Carole Fink. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989. $29.95. When the annals of great historians are finally written in future accounts of twentieth-century historiography, Marc Bloch will be given an honored place. In many ways he can be considered the spiritual father of modern historical work. Without slighting German von Rankian contributions, it is important to understand the immense transformation envisioned by Bloch which finally germinated into the Annales school of French historiography. 1 Today, the Annales is the most influential if not the most dynamic school of historical methodological vision. Whether one agrees with its spectrum of approaches or not, the fact remains that it has effected great changes in the way in which historians practice their http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

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Abstract

Volume 9, No.1 Fall1990 Black is thus to be congratulated on his industry and on making a case for the importance of Anglo-Jewish history. Ultimately, however, this big book fails due to its lack of synthesis. With more thought and accuracy The Social Politics of Anglo-Jewry might have become a classic text. Instead it appears hurried and must be seen asa wasted opportunity. Tony Kushner Parkes Fellow in Jewish Studies University of Southampton Marc Bloch: A Life in History, by Carole Fink. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989. $29.95. When the annals of great historians are finally written in future accounts of twentieth-century historiography, Marc Bloch will be given an honored place. In many ways he can be considered the spiritual father of modern historical work. Without slighting German von Rankian contributions, it is important to understand the immense transformation envisioned by Bloch which finally germinated into the Annales school of French historiography. 1 Today, the Annales is the most influential if not the most dynamic school of historical methodological vision. Whether one agrees with its spectrum of approaches or not, the fact remains that it has effected great changes in the way in which historians practice their

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Oct 3, 1990

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