History | From Expulsion to Revolution: Modern Jewish History from 1492-1789
B321 | 26226 | M. Lehmann


Above class carries culture studies credit
A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates only
Above class meets with another section of HIST-B321

This course examines the transition from medieval Jewish society to
modernity, covering the period between the expulsion of the Jews
from Spain in 1492 and the French Revolution with its deep impact on
Jewish life in Europe in 1789.

Topics include the expulsion from Spain, the Spanish Inquisition,
the rise of new centers in Poland-Lithuania and Ottoman Turkey, the
Jews of Italy between Renaissance and the Ghetto, the emergence of
Hasidism in Eastern Europe, Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah), and the
beginning of the political emancipation of European Jewry in the
late eighteenth century.

Assignments for this course will include a midterm exam, a couple of
short writing assignments, and a final paper.

The textbooks used in this course are Jonathan Israel, “European
Jewry in the Age of Mercantilism,” and Gershon Hundert, “Jews in
Poland-Lithuania in the Eighteenth Century.” Other readings will be
made available on E-reserve.