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Jewish History: Thinking Beyond the "Ghetto"

HIST 248
Spring 2007 not offered
Crosslisting: RELI 262
Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies
Course Cluster: Jewish and Israel Studies

This course explores Jewish history on the eve of modernity and in the modern era. The modern Jewish experience has often been characterized as an era of increasing participation of Jews in the civil society, and was juxtaposed to the "premodern" era of the ghettoes. This course will explore these dichotomous stereotypes, and introduce students to the complexity of the Jews' experience, their active involvement in the political and cultural processes that were taking place in the "non-Jewish" environment. As in HIST 247, we will see Jews as a part of the social and cultural fabric, rather than an "alienated minority" whose history is separate from that of their surroundings. We'll explore the transformations from a traditional society, defined by religious identities, into a modern society, of complex religious, ethnic, political identities. We'll look at the acceptance of and resistance to the new ideas brought by the Enlightenment, and explore the consequences
of secularization of the society, including the rise of modern anti-Semitism, Jewish nationalism, Zionism, questions of women and gender, migrations etc. The course will require regular attendance and intensive reading of both primary and secondary sources.

Essential Capabilities: Speaking, Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: Lecture/DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)(RELI)

Last Updated on APR-16-2024
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