Jews in the Modern World

History 175B

Fall 2016
Section: 
001
Instructor: 
Location: 
247 Cory
Day & Time: 
TuTh 930-11
CCN: 
15879
Units: 
4

This course will examine the impact of modern intellectual, political, economic, and social forces on the Jewish people since the eighteenth century.  It is our aim to come to an understanding of how the Jews interpreted these forces and how and in what ways they adapted and utilized them to suit the Jewish experience.  In other words, we will trace the way Jews became modern.  Some of the topics to be covered include Emancipation, the Jewish Enlightenment, new Jewish religious movements, Jewish politics and culture, antisemitism, the Holocaust, and the state of Israel.

Course Books

The Jews: A History by John Efron Prentice Hall. ISBN: 978-020-585-826-2 Required
Jew in the Modern World by Paul Mendes-Flohr Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-019-538-906-7 Required
Tevye the Dairyman by Sholem Aleichem Penguin. ISBN: 978-014-310-560-2 Required
Tevye the Dairyman by Sholem Aleichem Penguin. ISBN: 978-014-310-560-2 Required