New Perspectives on the Haskalah by Shmuel FeinerNew Perspectives on the Haskalah by Shmuel Feiner

New Perspectives on the Haskalah

EditorShmuel Feiner, David Sorkin

Paperback | January 23, 2004

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This volume, written by a range of scholars in history and literature, offers a new understanding of one of the central cultural and ideological movements among Jews in modern times. Disengaging the Haskalah from the questions of modernization or emancipation that have hitherto dominated thescholarship, the contributors put the Haskalah under a microscope in order to restore detail and texture to the individuals, ideas, and activities that were its makers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In particular, they replace simple dichotomies with nuanced distinctions, presenting therelationship between "tradition" and Haskalah as a spectrum of closely linked cultural options rather than a fateful choice between old and new or good and evil. The essays address major and minor figures; ask whether there was such an entity as an "early Haskalah", or a Haskalah movement inEngland, look at key issues such as the relationship of the Haskalah to Orthodoxy and hasidism, and also treat such neglected subjects as the position of women. New Perspectives on the Haskalah will interest all students of modern Jewish history, literature, and culture.
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 author of Haskalah and History: The Emergence of a Modern Jewish Consciousness, published in Hebrew in 1995 and in translation by the Littman Library (2001), ...
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Title:New Perspectives on the HaskalahFormat:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.57 inPublished:January 23, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1904113265

ISBN - 13:9781904113263

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