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HISTORY 283
JEWISH STUDIES 235
JEWS
IN MODERN TIMES
Syllabus
• http://www.history.umd.edu/Faculty/BCoop
erman/Modern/283syllabus.html
• http://www.history.umd.edu
History 299c
Films
Monday 4-6
Le Frak Hall
Professor Bernard Cooperman
Taliaferro (TLF) Rm 2130;
301-405-4271
[email protected]
Office hours:
Mon. 11:00-12:00,
Wed. 10:00-11:00,
and by appointment
Teaching Assistants
• Nicholas Schlosser
– FSK #3125
– [email protected]
• Daniel Stotland
– FSK #3119
– [email protected]
Stock Issues I
• external vs internal
• passive vs active
• shall we periodize according to how others treat the
Jews?
Stock Issues II
• Who is a Jew in Jewish History?
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apologetic approach
Nazi definitions
State of Israel’s definitions
continuity?
Stock Issues III
• What community is the true bearer and
proper subject of Jewish history?
– territorial definition unavailable
Approaches
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Idealist Approach
grand theories about God or Destiny
traditional Jewish self-perception
combined with German idealist and
romanticist historiography
Heinrich Graetz (1817-91)
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Graetz II
• The totality of Judaism is discernible only
in its history. Its complete nature, the sum of
its powers, becomes clear only in the light
of history. Every vital idea must create for
itself a solid existence.
• History is not only the reflection of the idea,
but also the test of its power.
– Structure of Jewish History p. 65
re-evaluation of ideas
• Diaspora --> “theoretical period” when
immediacy becomes reflection
• Moses Mendelssohn
Limitations
• political emancipation vs Holocaust
• religious mission vs Zionism
• Zionist historiography vs diaspora
Post-Modern?
• Europeans’ “Contemporary” history
• we will try to go past 1945 and 1948 to at
least 1967 with some discussion of
contemporary events
• historical study should lead to contemporary
understanding through contextualization
Shmuel Ettinger
• centrifugal vs centripetal
Traumatic Modernization
• geographic alienation
• cultueral alienation
• even the centripetal is a reaction to
centrifugal
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