Historical Atlas of Hasidism

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Marcin Wodzińsi, Waldemar Spallek
  • Princeton, NJ: 
    Princeton University Press
    , July
     280 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Morris Faierstein forthcoming.


Historical Atlas of Hasidism is the very first cartographic reference book on one of the modern era's most vibrant and important mystical movements. Featuring seventy-four large-format maps and a wealth of illustrations, charts, and tables, this one-of-a-kind atlas charts Hasidism's emergence and expansion; its dynasties, courts, and prayer houses; its spread to the New World; the crisis of the two world wars and the Holocaust; and Hasidism's remarkable postwar rebirth.

Historical Atlas of Hasidism demonstrates how geography has influenced not only the social organization of Hasidism but also its spiritual life, types of religious leadership, and cultural articulation. It focuses not only on Hasidic leaders but also on their thousands of followers living far from Hasidic centers. It examines Hasidism in its historical entirety, from its beginnings in the eighteenth century until today, and draws on extensive GIS-processed databases of historical and contemporary records to present the most complete picture yet of this thriving and diverse religious movement.

Historical Atlas of Hasidism is visually stunning and easy to use, a magnificent resource for anyone seeking to understand Hasidism's spatial and spiritual dimensions, or indeed anybody interested in geographies of religious movements past and present.

  • Provides the first cartographic interpretation of Hasidism
  • Features seventy-four maps and numerous illustrations
  • Covers Hasidism in its historical entirety, from its eighteenth-century origins to today
  • Charts Hasidism's emergence and expansion, courts and prayer houses, modern resurgence, and much more
  • Offers the first in-depth analysis of Hasidism's egalitarian—not elitist—dimensions
  • Draws on extensive GIS-processed databases of historical and contemporary records
About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Marcin Wodziński is Professor of Jewish studies at the University of Wrocław in Poland. His many books include Hasidism: A New History (Princeton, 2017) and Hasidism: Key Questions (Princeton, 2018).

Waldemar Spallek is Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Systems and Cartography at the University of Wrocław in Poland.

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