Zvi Gitelman: The Politics and Culture of Modern East European Jewry This course focuses on the interplay of ethnicity, politics and culture, with specific reference to the Jews of Eastern Europe since the latter part of the nineteenth century. Students should gain an appreciation of both the history and culture of East European Jewry as well as of the interplay of ethnicity and politics. For our purpose, “Eastern Europe” means, in the main, present day Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland and Romania. Reference will also be made to Hungary and Czechoslovakia.
I. Ethnopolitics and East European Jewry
2. Eli Lederhandler, The Road to Modern Jewish Politics (Oxford University Press,
1989) pp. 58-157.
3. Nicholas Riasanovsky, A History of Russia (Oxford University Press, 1963), pp.433-482.
4. Zvi Gitelman, A Century of Ambivalence: The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1881 to the Present (Indiana University Press, second edition, 2001), ch. 1.
5. Hans Rogger, “Conclusion and Overview”, in John Klier and Shlomo Lambroza,
eds. Anti-Jewish Violence in Modern Russian History (Cambridge University Press, 1992) pp. 314-372.
6. Mendes-Flohr and Reinharz, Jew in the Modern World [first ed., 1980], p. 309, 328-332.
7. Hans Rogger, Jewish Policies and Right Wing Politics in Imperial Russia
(University of California, 1986) pp. 25-39.
8. Aleksander Hertz, The Jews in Polish Culture (Northwestern University Press,
1988) pp.17-32, 59-85.
9. John-Paul Himka,“Ukrainian-Jewish Antagonism in the Galician Countryside
During the Late Nineteenth Century,” in Peter Potichnyj and Howard Astor, eds. Ukrainian-Jewish Relations in Historical Perspective (University of Toronto Press,
1988), pp. 111-149.
IV. Modern Political Movements and Ideologies
1. Salo Baron, The Russian Jew under Tsars and Soviets, pp.163-181.
2. Mendes-Flohr and Reinharz, The Jew in the Modern World [first ed., 1980], pp. 337-349, 421-431,441-447.
Lucy Dawidowicz, The Golden Tradition, pp. 367-457, 461-492.
Hertz, The Jews in Polish Culture, pp. 143-167.
5. Jonathan Frankel, “Modern Jewish Politics East and West (1840-1939),” in Zvi Gitelman, ed., The Quest For Utopia (M.E. Sharpe,1992) pp. 81-104.
6. Benjamin Nathans, “The Other Modern Jewish Politics: Integration and Modernity in Fin-de-Siecle Russia,” in Zvi Gitelman, ed., The Emergence of Modern Jewish Politics: Bundism and Zionism in Eastern Europe (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003) 20-34.
V. Politics and Culture
Mendes-Flohr and Reinharz, Jew in the Modern World (2nd ed.) 401-404.
Modern Hebrew Literature
1. Mendele Mocher Sforim,“Shem and Japheth on the Train,” in Robert Alter, ed.
Modern Hebrew Literature (Behrman House, 1975), pp. 19-38.
2. Y.L. Peretz, “Scenes from Limbo,”in ibid., pp. 41-64.
3. M.Z. Feierberg, Whither? and Other Stories (Jewish Publication Society, 1972).