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Wasserstein, Bernard

Works: 93 works in 481 publications in 11 languages and 14,627 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Encyclopedias  Treaties  Biographies  Maps  Sources  Dictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, win
Classifications: DS135.E83, 909.08
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Most widely held works by Bernard Wasserstein
Israelis and Palestinians : why do they fight? can they stop? by Bernard Wasserstein( )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 2,477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Israelis and Palestinians offers a startlingly new interpretation of the historical and contemporary realities of the conflict in the Middle East. Bernard Wasserstein challenges the conventional view of the struggle as driven primarily by irrational ethnic and religious hatreds. Instead he focuses on largely neglected forces - including population, fertility rates, labor, and environmental pressures - that have shaped politics in the region over the past century and which will inevitably determine its future."--Jacket
Divided Jerusalem : the struggle for the Holy City by Bernard Wasserstein( Book )

38 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and German and held by 1,508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author offers an Authoratative history of the fraught diplomatic relations surrounding the Holy City of Jerusalem
Britain and the Jews of Europe, 1939-1945 by Bernard Wasserstein( Book )

39 editions published between 1979 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 1,403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of British bureaucratic blindness to the Jewish catastrophe in Europe shows that Churchill's efforts in behalf of the Jews were continually thwarted by subordinates
On the eve : the Jews of Europe before the Second World War by Bernard Wasserstein( Book )

28 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bernard Wasserstein presents a disturbing interpretation of the collapse of European Jewish civilization even before the Nazi onslaught. Wasserstein shows how the harsh realities of the age devastated the lives of communities and individuals. By 1939, the Jews faced an existential crisis that was as much the result of internal decay as of external attack
The ambiguity of virtue : Gertrude van Tijn and the fate of the Dutch Jews by Bernard Wasserstein( )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Working with the Nazi-appointed Jewish Council in Amsterdam, Gertrude van Tijn helped many Jews escape. But she faced difficult moral choices. Some called her a heroine; others, a collaborator. Bernard Wasserstein's haunting narrative draws readers into this twilight world, to expose the terrible dilemmas confronting Jews under Nazi occupation
Barbarism and civilization : a history of Europe in our time by Bernard Wasserstein( Book )

31 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historian Bernard Wasserstein offers the first serious, full-length history of a century of convulsive change. It is a history of cruelty and tenderness, of technological achievement and environmental blight, of imperial expansion and withdrawal, of authoritarian repression and of individual rebirth. Wasserstein provides both a narrative of the main contours of the political, diplomatic, and military history and an analysis of the underpinnings of demographic, economic, and social developments. Most notably, the book explores the evolution of values and sensibilities in a period when, for the first time, God disappeared as a living presence in the minds of most Europeans. Wasserstein argues that barbarism and civilization were not polar opposites: rather they marched hand in hand. But he also shows that if Europe witnessed some of the most brutish episodes in the recorded history of our species, it also saw incontestable improvements in living conditions for most inhabitants of the continent.--From publisher description
Vanishing diaspora : the Jews in Europe since 1945 by Bernard Wasserstein( Book )

26 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1939 there were ten million Jews in Europe. After Hitler there were four million. Today in 1996 there are under two million. On current projections the Jews will become virtually extinct as a significant element in European society over the course of the twenty-first century. Now, in the first comprehensive social and political history of the experience and fate of European Jews during the last fifty years, Bernard Wasserstein sheds light on the reasons for this dire demographic projection. Drawing on a rich variety of sources, many hitherto unpublished, Wasserstein begins with the painful years of liberation after World War II when Jews tried to recover from the destruction of their people and communities, then traces the Jewish experience in Eastern and Western Europe in different national and ideological contexts. His important and original inquiry covers the impact on Jews of post-war reconstruction, Soviet occupation, the Cold War, and the collapse of communism. These, combined with the memory of Nazi genocide, the persistence of antisemitism, the development of Israel, and the Middle East conflicts, shaped the history of European Jewry in the second half of the twentieth century. With exceptional eloquence and conviction, Vanishing Diaspora argues that survival for European Jews ultimately will depend on choices they themselves make to reverse trends. They have an alarmingly imbalanced death-to-birth ratio, and many have jettisoned religious observance in the spirit of a secular Europe, losing their cultural distinctiveness as well as their numbers. This often painful story of destruction, irreparable loss, and the shattering of ties thus serves as a wake-up call, and a dramatic warning
Secret war in Shanghai by Bernard Wasserstein( Book )

23 editions published between 1998 and 2017 in English and Chinese and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

he story of wartime Shanghai unveils the savage political intrigue, diplomatic maneuvering, and sometimes deadly espionage that defined this city at the height of World War II, as foreign representatives converged on the city with its promise of cheap living and excitement. During World War II, Shanghai was a killing field of brutal competition, ideological struggle, & murderous political intrigue. China's largest & most cosmopolitan city was the intelligence capital of the Far East & a magnet for an astonishingly corrupt & bizarrely colorful group of men & women drawn to "the Paris of the East" for its seductive promise of high living & easy money. Secret war was waged ceaselessly among Axis & Allied agents & collaborators. Political & sexual loyalty was for sale to the highest bidder. Nowhere on earth was the twilight zone between politics & criminality more evident than in this glittering & dangerous place. This is the first book to deal in depth with the little-known story of the intelligence war in Shanghai. The widely respected historian author has researched it entirely from original sources & has uncovered startling new evidence of collaboration & treason by American & British nationals. This book is history at its most exciting & surprising
The major international treaties since 1945 : a history and guide with texts by John Ashley Soames Grenville( Book )

11 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The secret lives of Trebitsch Lincoln by Bernard Wasserstein( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revolutionary, spy, missionary, and conman, Trebitsch Lincoln was one of the most bizarre figures in modern history. A juvenile criminal in his native Hungary, he emigrated to Canada in 1900 as a missionary in Montreal and then became, successively, Anglican curate in Kent, Liberal Member of the British Parliament, German agent in both world wars, outlaw in the USA, member of the 1920 right-wing German military government, conspirator in the "White International," adviser to warlords in China, and Buddhist abbot in Shanghai. Historian Bernard Wasserstein unraveled the career of the many-faceted Trebitsch Lincoln by unearthing police reports, intelligence files, and diplomatic dispatches from more than a dozen countries and integrating them with numerous other archival documents and unpublished papers, to create a striking portrait of an enigmatic man. Trebitsch bamboozled many, including Lloyd George, Himmler and J. Edgar Hoover, and his life story mirrors the unquiet spirit of his age.--From publisher description
The British in Palestine : the mandatory government and the Arab-Jewish conflict 1917-1929 by Bernard Wasserstein( Book )

19 editions published between 1978 and 1991 in English and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Jews in modern France( Book )

10 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The major international treaties of the twentieth century : a history and guide with texts by John Grenville( Book )

36 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Treaties discussed include: The Treaty of Versailles, 1919; The Pact of Steel, 1939; The Charter of the United Nations, 1945; The North Atlantic Treaty, 1949; The Treaty between the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic, 1990; The Belfast Agreement, 1998; The Charter of the Organization of African Unity, 1963; The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948
Herbert Samuel : a political life by Bernard Wasserstein( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herbert Samuel's extraordinarily long political career began in the age of Gladstone and ended in the era of Grimond. Wasserstein assesses the vital role played by Samuel in the survival of the Liberal Party and his part in translating that doctrine into legislation that laid the foundations of the welfare state. He played a central role in the history of Zionism, serving as first British High Commissioner in Palestine from 1920 to 1925. He returned to office in the National Government of 1931, and led the Liberal Party between 1931 and 1935. In later life Samuel established himself as a philosopher, a respected elder statesman, and a much admired broadcaster. Wasserstein's scholarly and readable biography, based on extensive research in all the available sources, provides a rounded portrait of a leading twentieth-century political figure
Israel and Palestine : why they fight and can they stop? by Bernard Wasserstein( Book )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book presents a new interpretation of the historical and contemporary realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Bernard Wasserstein challenges the conventional view of the struggle as driven primarily by irrational, nationalist and religious ideologies. Instead he focuses on hitherto relatively neglected dimensions - population, labour, environment and the social dynamics of political change. He shows that Israelis and Palestinians live today in 'Siamese twin societies'. However much they may wish to, neither side can escape the presence and influence of the other. Despite the current impasse, bloodshed and hate-mongering, Wasserstein offers a realistic basis for optimism. The demographic, economic and social imperatives are compelling the two sides towards some form of symbiosis and accommodation. This original view of relations between Jews and Arabs in Palestine and Israel over the past century offers hope for progress towards peace in the Middle East."--Jacket
Les Juifs d'Europe depuis 1945 : une diaspora en voie de disparition by Bernard Wasserstein( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in 5 languages and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Larousse encyclopedia of modern history, from 1500 to the present day by Marcel Dunan( Book )

9 editions published between 1981 and 1987 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last five centuries of social and political conditions are examined as background to the world situation of today
Philip's atlas of world history by Robert Ian Moore( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Israelis and Palestinians : why do they fight? can they stop?
Divided Jerusalem : the struggle for the Holy CityBritain and the Jews of Europe, 1939-1945Barbarism and civilization : a history of Europe in our timeVanishing diaspora : the Jews in Europe since 1945Secret war in ShanghaiThe major international treaties of the twentieth century : a history and guide with textsHerbert Samuel : a political lifeIsrael and Palestine : why they fight and can they stop?
Alternative Names
Bernard Mano Julius Wasserstein

Bernard Mano Julius Wasserstein historien britannique

Bernard Wasserstein Brits historicus

Bernard Wasserstein historiador británico

Ṿasershṭain, Bernard

Ṿasershṭain, Bernard 1948-

Wasserstein, Bernard 1948-

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