Rethinking European Jewish History by Jeremy CohenRethinking European Jewish History by Jeremy Cohen

Rethinking European Jewish History

EditorJeremy Cohen, Moshe Rosman

Paperback | March 20, 2014

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Europe has changed greatly in the last century. Political, social, and ideological transformations have not only redrawn the map of the continent but have rewoven the fabric of its culture. These changes have nourished widespread reassessment in European historical research: in terms of itspresuppositions, its methodologies, its directions, its emphases, and its scope. The political boundaries between nations and states, along with the very concepts of "nation" and "boundary", have changed significantly, and the self-consciousness of ethnic minorities has likewise evolved in newdirections. All these developments have affected how the Jews of Europe perceive themselves, and they help to shape the prism through which historians view the Jewish past. This volume looks at the Jewish past in the spirit of this reassessment. Part I reconsiders the basic parameters of the subjectas well as some of its fundamental concepts, suggesting new assumptions and perspectives from which to conduct future study of European Jewish history.Topics covered here include periodization and the definition of geographical borders, antisemitism, gender and the history of Jewish women, and notions of assimilation. Part II is devoted to articulating the meaning of "modernity" in the history of European Jewry and demarcating key stages in itscrystallization. Contributors here reflect on the defining characteristics of a distinct early modern period in European Jewish history, the Reformation and the Jews, and the fundamental features of the Jewish experience in modern times. Parts III and IV present two scholarly conversations as casestudies for the application of the critical and programmatic categories considered thus far: the complex web of relationships between Jews, Christians, and Jewish converts to Christianity (Conversos, New Christians, Marranos) in fifteenth-century Spain; and the impact of American Jewry on Jewishlife in Europe in the twentieth century, at a time when the dominant trend was one of migration from Europe to the Americas. This timely volume suggests a new framework for the study of Jewish history and helps to contextualize it within the mainstream of historical scholarship.
Jeremy Cohen holds the Abraham and Edita Spiegel Family Foundation Chair for European Jewish History at Tel Aviv University, where he served as Director of the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center between 2002 and 2005. A specialist in the history of Jewish-Christian relations and three times a winner of the National Jewish Book Aw...
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Title:Rethinking European Jewish HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 20, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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