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Overlapping Spheres: Jewish Life in Early Modern Europe

HIST 306
Spring 2017 not offered
Crosslisting: CJST 306
Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies, International Relations

Examining primary and secondary sources (relating to c. 1500-1750), we will consider multiple aspects of the ways Jews lived among their Christian neighbors--peacefully, antagonistically, and in myriad combinations of those poles--during this exciting crossroads between traditional society and the beginnings of what came to be called "modernity," an age that included the wide-scale adoption of movable-type print, increasing use of the written vernacular, changing gender roles, Protestant challenge to Catholic hegemony, and the rise of capitalism, absolutism, and toleration. We will also consider the transitional time at the end of this period, including the question, "What is Jewish modernity and when did it happen?" We will not deal in-depth with the modern period per se. In the course of our study, we will pay careful attention to the different approaches historians have taken to writing about this period in Jewish history.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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