Jewish Civilization: Modern Period

History C175B

Spring 2015
Instructor: 
Location: 
123 WHEELER
Day & Time: 
TuTh 11-1230P
CCN: 
39672
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.  Some of the topics to be covered include Emancipation, Haskalah, new Jewish religious movements, Jewish politics and culture, antisemitism, the Holocaust, and the state of Israel.

Course Books

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