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The Cambridge History of Judaism

The eighth and final volume of The Cambridge History of Judaism covers the period from roughly 1815-2000. Exploring the breadth and depth of Jewish societies and their manifold engagements with aspects of the modern world, it offers overviews of modern Jewish history, as well as more focused essays on political, social, economic, intellectual and cultural developments. The first part presents a series of interlocking surveys that address the history of diverse areas of Jewish settlement. The second part is organized around the emancipation. Here, chapter themes are grouped around the challenges posed by and to this elemental feature of Jewish life in the modern period. The third part adopts a thematic approach organized around the category 'culture', with the goal of casting a wide net in terms of perspectives, concepts and topics. The final part then focuses on the twentieth century, offering readers a sense of the dynamic nature of Judaism and Jewish identities and affiliations.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Mitchell B. Hart and Tony Michels; Part I. History and Geography: 1. Central and Western Europe Robin Judd; 2. Russian and Soviet Jewry Olga Litvak; 3. Poland Scott Ury; 4. The Balkans and South-Eastern Europe Matthias B. Lehmann; 5. Great Britain, the Commonwealth and Anglophone Jewry Adam Mendelsohn; 6. The United States Hasia Diner; 7. The Hispanic world/Latin America Jeffrey Lesser and Raanan Rein; 8. Colonial and post-Colonial Jewries: the Middle East, Africa and Central/Southern Asia Yaron Tzur; 9. Israel Derek Penslar; Part II. Emancipation: Challenges and Consequences: 10. Jews and the modern state Pierre Birnbaum; 11. Assimilation and assimilationism Todd M. Endelman; 12. Liberal Judaisms Claire E. Sufrin; 13. The new Jewish politics David Engel; 14. Jews and the Left Jack Jacobs; 15. Jews and commerce Jonathan Karp; 16. Jews and social class Eli Lederhendler; 17. Education and the politics of Jewish integration Gary Cohen; 18. Philanthropy, diplomacy and Jewish internationalism Jonathan Dekel-Chen; 19. Jews and modern European imperialism Ethan B. Katz, Lisa Moses Leff and Maud S. Mandel; 20. Antisemitism and the Jewish question Jonathan Judaken; 21. Generation, degeneration, regeneration: health, disease and the Jewish body Todd Samuel Presner; 22. Zionism and its critics Eran Kaplan; 23. The Holocaust and its aftermath Samuel Kassow; Part III. Jewish Cultures, National and Transnational: 24. Jewish culture: what is it? Zohar Shavit and Yaakov Shavit; 25. Sephardic and Mizrachi literature Nancy Berg; 26. Anglophone literature Axel Stahler; 27. Hebrew literature Shachar Pinsker; 28. Yiddish Mikhail Krutikov; 29. Jewish studies: history, memory, scholarship David N. Myers; 30. Jews and material culture Leora Auslander; 31. Jews and popular culture in the twentieth century: North America Andrea Most; 32. Jews and popular culture in the twentieth century: Israel and the Middle East Amy Horowitz and Galeet Dardashti; Part IV. Jews in the Modern World: 33. The dynamics of modernity: shifts in demography and geography Tobias Brinkman; 34. In search of authenticity: issues of identity and belonging in the twentieth century Jonathan Boyarin; 35. Gender and the re-making of modern Jewry Naomi Seidman; 36. Jews and science Ulrich Charpa; 37. Kabbalah in the modern era Jody Myers; 38. Orthodoxy and ultra-Orthodoxy as forces in modern Jewish life Jess Olsen; 39. Jews and Christianity Susannah Heschel; 40. Jews and Muslims Ivan Kalmar; Index.

About the Author

Mitchell B. Hart is Professor of History and the Alexander Grass Chair of Jewish History at the University of Florida. His first book, Social Science and the Politics of Modern Jewish Identity (2000), won the Salo Baron Prize. He is also the author of The Healthy Jew (Cambridge, 2007), and the editor of Jewish Blood (2009) and Jews and Race: Writings on Identity and Difference, 1880-1940 (2011). Tony Michels is the George L. Mosse Professor of American Jewish History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is author of the award-winning book, A Fire in their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York (2005), and editor of Jewish Radicals: A Documentary History (2012).

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