History | Introduction to Jewish History: From Spanish Expulsion to the Present
H252 | 8365 | Lehmann


Above class carries Culture Studies credit
Above class open to undergraduates only
Above class meets with JSTU-J252

How did the Jews experience the modern age? As many historians have
argued, Jews played an important role in shaping “modernity.” At the
same time, Jewish civilization itself was profoundly affected by the
myriad changes of the modern age. This course will examine the
history of the Jews from the Expulsion from Spain in 1492 to the
present day. Topics to be discussed include the Spanish Inquisition;
Jewish life in the Islamic world, in Renaissance Italy, and in
Eastern Europe; Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism; the development of
Jewish Enlightenment, Hasidism, and Jewish religious reform; Jewish
patterns of migration; the American Jewish experience; the
Holocaust; and Zionism and the foundation of the State of Israel.
Students will learn how to approach texts from a historical
perspective, how to think analytically about the past, how to
formulate historically relevant questions, and how to analyze a
variety of historical materials, including primary source texts and
modern scholarship. Although this course can serve as a continuation
of JSTU-J251/HIST-H 251, J251/H251 is not a prerequisite for this
introductory course. Course requirements will include tests, short
writing assignments, and an exam.