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Haskalah and History: The Emergence of a Modern Jewish Historical Consciousness

Shmuel Feiner


This book recreates the historical consciousness that fired the Haskalah — the Jewish Enlightenment movement. The proponents of this movement advocated that Jews should capture the spirit of the future and take their place in wider society, but as Jews — without denying their collective identity and without denying their past. Claiming historical legitimacy for their ideology and their vision of the future, they formulated an ethos of modernity that they projected on to the universal and the Jewish past alike. What was the image of the past that the maskilim shaped? What tactics underpinned th ... More

Keywords: Haskalah, Jewish Enlightenment, Jews, nationalism, Jewish modernity, maskilim

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9781874774433
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774433.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shmuel Feiner, author