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Introduction to Jewish History: From Spanish Expulsion to the Present (3 cr.)
Jeffrey Veidlinger
JSTU-J 252 #26006 / HIST-H 252 #17677
TR 2:30-3:45

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.
Beginning Summer 2011 & after: Required course for all JS majors & certificate students; GenEd S&H, GenEd WC, CASE S&H, CASE GCC
Before Summer 2011: Required course for all JS majors; S&H, CSA; For JS certificate students: JS History & Society