History | H252 2724 Jewish Hist: Crusades to Present 1:00-2:15P TR WH111 Veidlinger
H252 | 2724 | Veidlinger J

Above section carries culture studies credit

This course will study Jewish life from the Middle Ages to our own time.
Beginning with the crusades, we will look at the changing relations between
Christians and Jews as reflected in the political, legal, and social status
of the Jewish population of medieval Europe.  We will examine the means by
which the Jewish people were able to create and maintain a community within
Christian society.  We will see how the Jewish enlightenment and
emancipation began to break down traditional communal structures, and how
the Jewish community responded to these challenges in the forms of Zionism,
socialism, assimilation, and emigration to America.  Finally we will look at
various non-Jewish responses to assimilation, including anti-Semitism and
the Holocaust.

H251 is not a prerequisite for this course.  Fulfills Jewish Studies History
and Society course; SHHS/S&H requirement; culture studies requirement-list

Required Readings: Paula Hyman, Gender and Assimilation in Modern Jewish
History; Michael Meyer, Jewish Identity in the Modern World; Mary Antin, The
Promised Land; The Memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln; Jacob Marcus, The Jew in
the Medieval World; Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, Zakhor: Jewish History and
Jewish Memory.

Students will be graded based on short review papers and examinations.