Stakes of History: On the Use and Abuse of Jewish History for Life

January 9, 2018|
Stakes of History: On the Use and Abuse of Jewish History for Life by David N. Myers
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A leading scholar of Jewish history’s bracing and challenging case for the role of the historian today

Why do we study history? What is the role of the historian in the contemporary world? These questions prompted David N. Myers’s illuminating and poignant call for the relevance of historical research and writing. His inquiry identifies a number of key themes around which modern Jewish historians have wrapped their labors: liberation, consolation, and witnessing. Through these portraits, Myers revisits the chasm between history and memory, revealing the middle space occupied by modern Jewish historians as they work between the poles of empathic storytelling and the critical sifting of sources.

History, properly applied, can both destroy ideologically rooted myths that breed group hatred and create new memories that are sustaining of life. Alive in these investigations is Myers’s belief that the historian today can and should attend to questions of political and moral urgency. Historical knowledge is not a luxury to society but an essential requirement for informed civic engagement, as well as a vital tool in policy making, conflict resolution, and restorative justice.
David N. Myers is President/CEO of the Center for Jewish History in New York, as well as Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has written extensively in the fields of Jewish intellectual and cultural history in the modern age. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
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Title:Stakes of History: On the Use and Abuse of Jewish History for Life
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:192 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.75 in
Shipping dimensions:192 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.75 in
Published:January 9, 2018
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300228939

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