Jewish History: From Spanish Expulsion to Jon Stewart
Fall 2012 not offered
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies
This course explores Jewish history from the 16th century through in the modern era, reaching toward modern American and Israeli history and culture. 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 ghettos. 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 during both premodern and modern periods. 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 what some called a traditional society defined by religious identities into a modern society of complex religious, ethnic, cultural, and 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 and non-Jewish nationalism; Zionism; questions of women, gender, and sexuality; migrations; and Jewish-Arab relations before and after the establishment of the State of Israel, and modern Jewish culture in America.
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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
D. Biale, Modern Encounters (or Cultures of the Jews)
|Examinations and Assignments:
take home midterm and final exams; two 5-6 pp. papers, one bibliographic assignment based on the EndNote workshop, short responses to readings. The course will require regular attendance, reading of both primary and secondary sources, and participation in class discussions (in class and online).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
Attendance during the first class required.
This course is a gateway course to the Jewish and Israel Studies Certificate; it counts toward the European and History and Religion concentrations for a History Major.
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