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How Jewish is Jewish History?$
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Moshe Rosman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113348

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113348.001.0001

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Jewish Women’s History: First Steps and a False Start—the Case of Jacob Katz

Jewish Women’s History: First Steps and a False Start—the Case of Jacob Katz

(p.168) Seven Jewish Women’s History: First Steps and a False Start—the Case of Jacob Katz
How Jewish is Jewish History?

Moshe Rosman

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses Jacob Katz, the social historian of the mid-twentieth century. He originated some principles, methods, and concepts that have become critical in pursuing the history of Jewish women and in writing gender-conscious historiography. In discussions about Katz's contribution to the study of the history of the early modern Jewish community, it is standard to emphasize his methodological innovation. In his earlier works Katz applied the methods of ‘social history’ to his research and writing about Jewish history. According to Katz, ‘social history’ had a different aim. It used the tools of sociology, but did so in order to understand the development of a particular historical society over time — that is, through history. Katz was not interested in extrapolating universal laws.

Keywords:   Jacob Katz, social history, Jewish women, gender-conscious historiography, early modern Jewish community, Jewish history, sociological, historical society

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