History | Jewish History: Spanish Expulsion to the Present
H252 | 8174 | Lehmann


Above class open to undergraduates only
Above class carries Culture Studies credit
Above class meets with another section of HIST-H252


This course will present a survey of Jewish history from the
expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 to the twentieth century.
The course will examine the relations between Jews and non-Jews and
the maintenance and development of a Jewish identity in changing
historical contexts. We will see how the traditional medieval order
gave way to a new order in the early modern and modern periods, and
we will examine how Jews responded to the new challenges. Topics
will include Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Muslim relations in Poland-
Lithuania and the Ottoman empire, emancipation and Jewish responses
to emancipation, assimilation, antisemitism, the Holocaust, and the
establishment of the modern State of Israel. There will be two
quizzes, two short papers, and a final exam.