Haskalah and History: The Emergence of a Modern Jewish Historical Consciousness by Shmuel FeinerHaskalah and History: The Emergence of a Modern Jewish Historical Consciousness by Shmuel Feiner

Haskalah and History: The Emergence of a Modern Jewish Historical Consciousness

byShmuel Feiner

Paperback | July 15, 2004

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Shmuel Feiner's innovative book recreates the historical consciousness that fired the Haskalah - the Jewish Enlightenment movement. The proponents of this movement advocated that Jews should capture the spirit of the future and take their place in wider society, but as Jews - without denyingtheir collective identity and without denying their past. Claiming historical legitimacy for their ideology and their vision of the future, they formulated an ethos of modernity that they projected on to the universal and the Jewish past alike. What was the image of the past that the maskilimshaped? What tactics underpinned their use of history? How did their historical awareness change and develop - from the inception of the Haskalah in Germany at the time of Mendelssohn and Wessely, through the centres of Haskalah in Austria, Galicia, and Russia, to the emergence of modern nationalismin the maskilic circles in eastern Europe in the last third of the nineteenth century?These are some of the questions raised in this fascinating exploration of an ideological approach to history which throws a searching new light on the Jewish Enlightenment movement and the emergence of Jewish historical consciousness more generally.
Shmuel Feiner is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History at Bar-Ilan University, and responsible for the Samuel Braun Chair for the History of the Jews in Prussia. He is the co-editor (with David Sorkin) of New Perspectives on the Haskalah (2001), also published by the Littman Library, and author of I. E. Kovner, Sefer Hamatsref: ...
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Title:Haskalah and History: The Emergence of a Modern Jewish Historical ConsciousnessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:July 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1904113109

ISBN - 13:9781904113102

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