History 101.003

Spring 2006
Instructor (text): 
175 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 11-12:30

The modern period (the nineteenth century until the outbreak of World War II) was a time of great social and intellectual ferment among European Jews as they sought to come to grips with the impact of modernity. Naturally, living in so many different places under such varied social and economic conditions, they responded in a host of differing, often mutually exclusive, ways to collective problems such as secularization, embourgeoisement and antisemitism in the West and poverty, urbanization and over-crowding in the East. The issues were as basic as where Jews should live and what language(s) they should speak. Socialists, Zionists, Territorialists, Yiddishists, Hebraists and assimilationists all believed they had the answers. In this seminar we will read, as a group, what some of these responses were. This will prepare students to embark on their own original research on a topic to be decided upon in consultation with the instructor. The library holdings at UCB in the area of Jewish Studies are excellent and students are encouraged to use any and all foreign languages at their disposal in conducting their research.