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Eastern European Jewry in the Modern Period: 1750–1939

Michael Stanislawski

in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780199280322
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199280322.013.0016

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Eastern European Jewry in the Modern Period: 1750–1939

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This article notes that the study of the modern history of East European Jews is not a field driven at present by deep conceptual or ideological divides or abiding scholarly or methodological controversies. The past debates on this score between Israeli and diaspora Jewish scholarship have all but disappeared, as has even more dramatically the attempt at a Marxist version of juedische Wissenschaft. While the major works of the founders of the field from Simon Dubnov on ought to be studied and the impressive resurgence of interest in the history and culture of East European Jewry in the modern age is underway, the work is still largely undone. The crucial challenge to the field is not to succumb to the lachrymose and romanticized stereotypes of Jewish life in Eastern Europe while continuing to explore the history of this the largest Jewry in the world before the Holocaust.

Keywords: European Jewish scholarship; East European Jews; Israeli; juedische Wissenschaft; Holocaust; Simon Dubnov

Article.  7290 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Religious Studies ; Interfaith Relations ; History of Religion

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