JUST 3465 The Jews in Poland and Russia

3 hours; 3 credits

Poland, home to a majority of the world?s Jews by the 17th century. East European Jews? religious and cultural traditions. Economic basis of Jewish life. Hasidism and its opponents. Acculturation, modernization, social and religious change. Modern Hebrew and Yiddish literature. New Jewish politics of Assimilationism, Territorialism, Zionism, Bundism, Folkism, Agudas Israel. First World War?s aftermath of dislocation and revolution. Jewish life and struggle between the World Wars. The Holocaust. In the Soviet Empire during the Cold War. After the collapse of Communism.

Prerequisite: Sophomore status or higher; or permission of Chair.

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