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DSPO 1900A - Modern Jewish History

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Jewish communities throughout the world constitute model cases that are key to understanding the evolutions of minorities' status in democratic and undemocratic societies in the 19th and 20th centuries, whether in Europe, the Middle-East or North America. Focusing on the modern and political history of a group which identity is at the crossroads of religion, culture and ethnicity, this course will also study the impact of two major events in Jewish and world history: the destruction of the European Jews during the Second World War and the creation of the State of Israel.


GHILES-MEILHAC, Samuel (Sociologue et Historien)

Course validation

One oral presentation in class ; One short test in class ; One final essay ; Participation.

Required reading

  • Michael A. Meyer,“Where Does the Modern Period of Jewish History Begin?”, Judaism, Vol. 24 No. 3, Summer 1975, pp. 329-338
  • Stephan Zweig, The World of Yesterday, 1944
  • A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations From the Origins to the Present Day, Abdelwahab Meddeb, Benjamin Stora (eds.), Princeton University Press, 2013

Additional required reading

  • Biale, David, Power and Powerlessness in Jewish History, Schocken books, 1987
  • Biale, David, Cultures of the Jews, 2006
  • Londres, Albert, Le Juif errant est arrivé, 1929
  • Germa, Antoine Benjamin Lellouch et Évelyne Patlagean (dir.), Les Juifs dans l'histoire : de la naissance du judaïsme au monde contemporain, Seyssel, Champ Vallon, 2011
  • Baumgarten Jean et Darmon Julien (dir.), Aux origines du judaïsme, Les Liens qui Libèrent / Actes Sud, 2012
  • Hyman Paula, The Jews of Modern France, University of California Press, 1998
  • Lederhendler, Eli,The Six-Day War and World Jewry, University Press OF Maryland, 2000
  • Mandel, Maude, In the Aftermath of Genocide, Armenians, and Jews in Twentieth-Century France, Duke University Press, 2003
  • Segev, Tom, The Seventh Million, The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust, Picador, 2000
  • Sheffer, Gabriel Diaspora Politics: At Home Abroad, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003