Jewish History: Out of the Ghetto|
Fall 2008 not offered
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies|
|Course Cluster: Jewish and Israel Studies|
This course explores Jewish history from the eve of modernity through 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 challenge 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 HIST247, 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.
Information Literacy, Writing
Writing as a process will be stressed, from a proposal, through an outline, and a draft, to the final version. Each stage will be reviewed & feedback will be given. Library resources and the Endnote Program will be introduced.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)(RELI)(SISP-Hist Conc)
E. Fram, Ideals Face Reality
P. Hyman, Gender and Assimilation in Modern Jewish History
T. Herzl, The Jewish State
M. Mendelssohn, Jerusalem
J. Marcus, Jew in the Medieval World
P. Mendes-Flohr & J,. Reinharz The Jew in the Modern World
|Examination and Assignments: |
midterm and final exams; two 5-6 pp. papers, one bibliographic assignment, one library assignment, three short responses (1-2 p) to readings.