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Rethinking European Jewish History$
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Jeremy Cohen and Moshe Rosman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113560

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113560.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
(p.iii) Rethinking European Jewish History

Jeremy Cohen

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the field of Jewish history that has developed in relation to the experiences of the Jews, including the matter and manner that historians study it. It explains the history of the Jews that originated in the political, social, and cultural agenda of enlightened, nineteenth-century Jewish intellectuals. It also mentions Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi who concluded in his ground-breaking study of Jewish history and Jewish memory, Zakhor, that modern Jewish historiography originated as an ideology to the crisis of Jewish emancipation and the struggle. The chapter covers the Jews, Jewish culture and, and the cultural and historical scholarship of the Jews as they entered an age called 'postmodern'. It talks about postmodernism, which has ushered the study of the Jewish past into a new world of discourse filled with challenges that shaped the conversations of Jewish historians in prior generations.

Keywords:   Jewish history, Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, Jewish historiography, Jewish memory, postmodernism

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