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CHIS 1850A - Contemporary Jewish World (The)

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course is designed to provide an introduction to the history and sociology of the Jews in the Western world and in the Mediterranean Muslim societies since the second half of the twentieth century. The anthropological rupture of the Shoah and the major change represented by the establishment of the State of Israel have deeply transformed the Jewish diaspora and the Jewish condition. In the introductory session, we will explore the Jewish experience in its historicity and plurality, describing the Jewish population centres, the great Jewish migrations through the history as well as the demography of the contemporary world Jewry. Then the course will be devoted to analysing the great political, cultural and religious changes in the postwar Jewish world. We will seek to grasp the Jewish contemporary history by focusing on the local and national specificities but also by considering the circulation of the ideas between the different communities. We will analyse at length the cultural and political interactions with the majority society as well as the links with other minority groups. We will wonder how the Jews envisage the modern ideologies or the different kind of political regimes. Their relationships with the national framework as well as their transnational existence will be examined.


DAVID, Julia (Chargée de cours Université - Rattachée au CERSES CNRS)

Course validation

- Participation orale: 10% - Fiche de lecture : 40% - Final paper/ In-class assignment : 50%

Required reading

Mordechai Altschuler, Soviet Jewry since the Second World War, Population and Social structure, New York, Greenwood Press, 1987

Additional required reading

  • David Biale, Power and powerlessness in Jewish history, Schocken Books, 1986.
  • David Biale, Insider/outsider. American Jews and Multiculturalism, University of California Press, 1998
  • David Biale, Cultures of the Jews : A New history, Schocken, 2002
  • Pierre Birnbaum, Ira Katznelson (dir), Paths of Emancipation. Jews, States and Citizenship, Princeton University Press, 1995
  • Pierre Birnbaum, Geography of Hope : Exile, the Enlightenment, Disassimilation, Stanford University Press, 2008
  • Alain Dieckhoff, The Invention of a nation. Zionist thought and the making of Modern Israel, Hurst & co Publishers Ltd, 2003
  • Saul Friedlander, Amos Funkestein, The Jews in European history. Seven Lectures, Hebrew Union College Press, 1997
  • Nathan Glazer, American Judaism, London/Chicago, The Univerity of Chicago Press, 1972
  • Avigdor Levy (ed), The Jews of the Ottoman empire, Princeton, Darwin Press, 1994
  • Abdelwahab Meddeb, Benjamin Stora (eds), A history of Jewish-Muslims Relations from the Origins to the present day, Princeton university, 2013
  • David N.Myers, Jewish history : A very short introduction, Oxford, 2017
  • Itamar Rabinovich, Yitzhak Rabin. Soldier, Leader, Statesman, Yale University Press, 2017
  • Shimon Shamir (dir), The Jews of Egypt. A Mediterranean society in modern times, Boulder, Westview Press, 1987
  • Robert S. Wistrich (ed), Holocaust denial. The Politics of perfidy, Walter de Gruyter &co, 2012
  • Robert S. Wistrich (ed), Demonizing the Other : Antisemitism, Racism and Xenophobia, Routledge, 2012
  • Robert S. Wistrich (ed), Terms of survival. The Jewish world since 1945, Routledge, 2016