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Jonathan Frankel

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Jonathan Frankel (July 15, 1935 in London – May 7, 2008 in Jerusalem) was a historian and writer. He was a lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from 1964 to 1985, and a professor between 1985 and 2004.[1]


Frankel was a noted historian of Modern Jewry, as testified in many obituaries: “the most highly regarded historian of modern Jewry of his generation” (Steven Zipperstein, The Independent[1]); “arguably the greatest historian of modern Jewry of his generation” (The Times[2]); “a brilliant historian of Russian and Jewish history” (David Cesarani, The Guardian,[3]).

Frankel contributed to the historiography of East European Jewish life with his book Prophecy and Politics: Socialism, Nationalism, and the Russian Jews, 1862–1917 (1982), which became a classic at the moment of its publication. This work approached Jewish history of the nineteenth and early twentieth century from a completely new perspective.

He is credited with having "helped establish the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies" at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.[4]


Frankel married Edith Rogovin in 1963; they have two daughters.[1]


  • Vladimir Akimov on the Dilemmas of Russian Marxism 1895-1903: The Second Congress of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party. Cambridge University Press, 1969.
  • Prophecy and Politics: socialism, nationalism and the Russian Jews, 1862-1917. Cambridge University Press, 1984, 1984. — 686 pages (translated into Hebrew, Italian and Russian).
  • The Damascus Affair: 'Ritual Murder', Politics, and the Jews in 1840. Cambridge University Press, 1997. — 491 pages. — ISBN 0-521-48396-4
    (Review / Middle East Quarterly, Volume 13 / September 1, 1998) (translated into Hebrew).
  • Social Radicalism: “Jewish Socialism” and Jewish Labour Movement in Eastern Europe, Open University of Israel, 2007 (in Hebrew).
  • Crisis, Revolution, and Russian Jews. Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Other works[edit]

  • Jonathan Frankel, Jewish politics and the Russian Revolution of 1905, Tel-Aviv, Tel Aviv University, 1982 (21 pages)