History 342 (201) Modern Jewish History




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In this course we will study the private and public lives of Jewish men and women from 1500 to the present. We will encounter the experiences of the Jews by contextualizing and analyzing the memoirs of Jews from each century. We begin with the major upheaval of Jewish life in the late fifteenth century, when Jews were expelled from most of western Europe, move to the promise and challenges of emancipation in the eighteen and nineteenth centuries, progress to the upheavals of mass migration from eastern Europe to the western hemisphere, and conclude with the reactions to the greatest catastrophe in all of Jewish history, the Holocaust.