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Fall 2015-2016
* HIS 359 / JDS 359 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Modern Jewish History: 1750-Present

Yaacob Dweck

This course surveys the breadth of Jewish experience from the era of the Enlightenment to the contemporary period. Tracing the development of Jewish cultures and communities in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States against the background of general history, the lectures focus on themes such as the transformation of Jewish identity, the creation of modern Jewish politics, the impact of anti-semitism, and the founding of the State of Israel.

Sample reading list:
Moses Mendelssohn, Jerusalem
Karl Marx, On the Jewish Question
Theodor Herzl, The Jewish State
S.Y. Agnon, A Simple Story
Phillip Roth, Goodbye, Columbus
Sasson Somekh, Baghdad Yesterday

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading assignments consist of approximately 150-200 pages per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20980 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   McCosh Hall   2   Enrolled:18 Limit:40