Poslední úprava: Hana Kubátová, M.A., Ph.D. (27.02.2017)
History, Politics and Culture of Central European Jewry
This one-term course explores core concepts, thoughts and problem areas of the modern Central European Jewry. This course will introduce ten major themes that formed history and culture of the Jewry from the eighteenth until the twentieth century. Topics include Judaism, Traditional Jewish Society, Enlightenment, Emancipation, Racial Anti- Semitism, Jewish nationalism and Zionism, Holocaust and the State of Israel. Readings include both primary and secondary sources.
First Week: Introductory class (Feb 21, 2017)
Second Week: INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM (Feb 28, 2017) Simcha Kling, Embracing Judaism, revised by Carl M. Perkins (New York 1999): 22-58.
Third Week: TRADITIONAL JEWISH SOCIETY (Mar 7, 2017) Salo Baron, “Ghetto and Emancipation,” reprinted in Leo W. Schwartz, ed. The Menorah Treasury (Philadelphia 1964): 50 - 63.
Fourth Week: ENLIGHTENEMNT AND HASKALAH (Mar 14, 2017) Jacob Katz, Out of the Ghetto: The Social Background of Jewish Emancipation (New York 1978): 42 - 103. (Focus on pages 42-56)
Fifth Week: EMANCIPATION (Mar 21, 2017) Hillary L. Rubinstein, Dan Cohn-Sherbok, “Enlightenment and emancipation in continental Europe, 1750-1880,” in The Jews in the Modern World: A History since 1750 (London 2002), 15 - 42.
Sixth Week: ORIGINS OF RACIAL ANTI-SEMITISM (Mar 28, 2017) Jacob Katz, From Prejudice to Destruction: Anti-Semitism, 1700-1933 (Cambridge 1980): 1-10, 245-300
Seventh Week: THEODOR HERZL, POLITICAL ZIONISM (Apr 4, 2017) Isaiah Friedman, “Theodor Herzl: Political Activity and Achievements,” in Israel Studies, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Fall 2004): 46-79.
Eighth Week: CULTURAL, SOCIALIST AND RELIGIOUS ZIONISM (Apr 11, 2017) Ber Borochov, “The National Question and the Class Struggle,” “Our Platform,” Vladimir Jabotinsky, “Emdee,” “Evidence Submitted to the Palestine Royal Commission,” Ahad Ha-Am, “The Law of the Heart,” “Flesh and Spirit,” “On Nationalism and Religion,” “The Negation of the Diaspora,” “The Wrong Way,” “Slavery in Freedom,” “The Jewish State and the Jewish Problem.”
Midterm April 18 via Moodle
Ninth Week: ASSIMILATION AND IDENTITY CRISIS (Apr 25, 2017) Marsha Rozenblit, “The Dissolution of the monarchy and the crisis of Jewish identity, October 1918 - June 1919,” in Reconstructing a National Identity: The Jews of Habsburg Austria during World War I (Oxford, New York 2004): 128-161.
Tenth Week: HOLOCAUST (May 2, 2017) Yehuda Bauer, Rethinking the Holocaust (New Haven and London 2002): 1-13, 39-67.
Eleventh Week: INTERPRETING THE HOLOCAUST (May 9, 2017) Sybil Milton, Gypsies and the Holocaust, in The History Teacher (vol. 24, 1991, no. 4): 375-387. Guenter Lewy, Gypsies and Jews under the Nazis, in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (vol. 13, 1999, no. 3): 383-404.
Twelfth Week: POSTWAR (May 16, 2017) Jan T. Gross, Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland after Auschwitz. Essays in Historical Interpretation (New York 2007): 81-117.
Active participation: 20% Midterm: 20% Final paper: 60%
Students are allowed two absences. Midterm takes place on April 18, 2017
Final paper is due by June 4, 2017 (students consult the topics of their paper by April 18, 2017) and has to revolve around topics covered in weeks nine-twelve.