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Rethinking European Jewish history / edited by Jeremy Cohen and Moshe Rosman.

Publication:
Oxford ; Portland, Or. : Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, c2014.
Series:
Littman library of Jewish civilization (Series)
Littman library of Jewish civilization
Format/Description:
Book
viii, 261 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subjects:
Jews -- Europe -- History.
Judaism -- Europe -- History.
Europe -- Ethnic relations.
Jews.
Judaism.
Europe.
History.
Summary:
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 its presuppositions, 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 new directions. All these developments have affected how the Jews of Europe perceive themselves, and helped shape how historians view the Jewish past. This volume looks at the Jewish past in the spirit of this reassessment. Part I reconciders the basic parameters of the subject as well as some of its fundamental concepts suggesting new assumptions and perspectives from which to conduct future studies 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 its crystallization. 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 case studies 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 Jewish life 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.
Contents:
Introduction. Jewish history across borders / Moshe Rosman
Away from a definition of antisemitism : an essay in the semantics of historical description / David Engel
Does gender matter? : locating women in European Jewish history / Paula E. Hyman
Assimilation and cultural exchange in modern Jewish history / Maud Mandel
Jewish cultural history in early modern Europe : an agenda for future study / David B. Ruderman
Reformation and the Jews / Miriam Bodian
Re(de)fining modernity in Jewish history / Gershon David Hundert
Spanish 'Judaism' and 'Christianity' in an age of mass conversion / David Nirenberg
Social context of apostasy among fifteenth-century Spanish Jewry : dynamics of a new religious borderland / Ram Ben-Shalom
Transnationalism and mutual influence : American and East European Jewries in the 1920s and 1930s / Daniel Soyer
Transplanting the heart back East : returning Jewish musical culture from the United States to Europe / Judah M. Cohen.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Cohen, Jeremy, 1953-
Rosman, Murray Jay.
Rosman, Moshe.
Engel, David.
Hyman, Paula E.
Mandel, Maud.
Ruderman, David B.
Bodian, Miriam.
Hundert, Gershon David, 1946-
Nirenberg, David.
Ben-Shalom, Ram.
Soyer, Daniel.
Cohen, Judah M.
Other format:
Online version: Rethinking European Jewish history.
ISBN:
1906764549 (pbk.)
9781906764548 (pbk.)
OCLC:
879579206
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