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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Spring 2006

R S 357 • Jews and Judaism since 1492-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43520 M
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
GAR 205

Course Description

This course is a seminar-based introduction to the major issues in the history of European Jewry (primarily Ashkenaz) since 1492, with a concentration on social, political, religious, cultural, and intellectual themes. Primary matters for discussion include Jewish migration after 1492 and 1648, the traditional community (kehillah) and the reasons for its demise, the emergence of Chasidism, the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah), the reasons for and response to emancipation, the emergence of different Jewish religious traditions after 1848, particularly Reform and Conservative Judaism, the dilemma of assimilation, Jewish left-wing politics, fascism, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, religious and literary responses to the Holocaust, the emergence and impact of Zionism, and the future of European Jewry in the present. Students will write review essays in advance of class and lead class discussions based on the essays.

Grading Policy

2 short essays (5 pp.) reviewing assigned reading & rewrites 50%

Oral presentations 25%

Discussion component 25%


Michael Meyer, Response to Modernity

Jacob Katz, Out of the Ghetto

Yerushalmi, Zakhor

Steven Aschheim,Brothers and Sisters

Katz, Jewish Emancipation and Self-emancipation

Rogger, Jewish Politcis and Rightwing Politics in Imperial Russia

Lederhendler, the Road to Modern Jewish Politics

Rubenstein, After Auschwitz

Altmann, Essays in Jewish Intellectual History

Weisser, A Brotherhood of Memory

Marrus, The Holocaust in History

Israel, European Jewry in the Age of Mercantilism

Hsia, the Myth of Ritual Murder


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