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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13Focusing on the Holocaust and its Aftermath$
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Antony Polonsky and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774600

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774600.001.0001

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Salo Wittmayer Baron: Architect of Jewish History

Salo Wittmayer Baron: Architect of Jewish History

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Salo Wittmayer Baron: Architect of Jewish History
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13
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Robert Liberles

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774600.003.0044

This chapter studies Robert Liberles's Salo Wittmayer Baron: Architect of Jewish History (1995). Salo Baron became one of the foremost Jewish historians of the twentieth century and one of the pioneers of academic Jewish studies in the United States. Baron's life was that of a scholar, and included in Liberles's work is a fine attempt to sort out the academic politics which served as a background to his appointments and sojourn at the Jewish Institute of Religion and, later, in the Miller chair of Jewish history and institutions at Columbia University. Liberles places this story properly in the context of the transfer of Judaic scholars and their scholarship from Europe to the United States in the early part of the twentieth century. He also places proper emphasis on the novelty of Jewish history studied in the context of a non-Jewish institution of higher education. And, further, the author chronicles and analyses Baron's ambitions to be heard and respected by the Jewish community beyond the academy and to influence that community through his more popular writings as well as his leadership of such organizations as the Conference on Jewish Social Studies and the American Jewish Historical Society.

Keywords:   Robert Liberles, Salo Wittmayer Baron, Jewish historians, Jewish studies, United States, academic politics, Jewish Institute of Religion, Jewish history, Judaic scholars, Jewish community

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