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Sarah A. Stein
SISJE 368
Seattle Campus

Modern European Jewish History

Surveys European Jewish history from the Spanish expulsion (1492) to World War I (1914). Considers diversity of European Jewries and the factors that cohered them. Examines how European Jewries ordered their lives, shaped gender and class norms, and interacted with the societies in which they lived. Offered: jointly with HSTEU 368.

Class description

This course explores the history of European Jewry in the modern period, from 1492-1914. Students can expect to learn about the cultural, political, and economic practices of European Jewries, about Jews' relationship to the states and empires in which they lived and to the non-Jews they lived alongside, and about the forces that cohered and fragmented European Jewries.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

There are no prerequisites or language requirements for this course.

Class assignments and grading

The class will have two weekly lectures and one weekly discussion section. Students are expected to come to lectures and section having completed the required reading so that they may participate actively in each session.

Grades will be based upon two-three short papers and two examinations.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Anne Ec Hilton
Date: 04/16/2008