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Jewish History.


JEWISH HISTORY
AN ESSAY IN THE PHILOSOPHY
OF HISTORY
BY
S. M. DUBNOW
PREFACE TO THE GERMAN
TRANSLATION
The author of the present essay, S. M. Dubnow, occupies
a well-nigh
dominating position in Russian-Jewish literature as an
historian and
an acute critic. His investigations into the history of
the
Polish-Russian Jews, especially his achievements in the
history of
Chassidism, have been of fundamental importance in these
departments.
What raises Mr. Dubnow far above the status of the
professional
historian, and awakens the reader's lively interest in
him, is not so
much the matter of his books, as the manner of
presentation. It is
rare to meet with an historian in whom scientific
objectivity and
thoroughness are so harmoniously combined with an ardent
temperament
and plastic ability. Mr. Dubnow's scientific activity,
first and last,
is a striking refutation of the widespread opinion that
identifies
attractiveness of form in the work of a scholar with
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