Sarah A. Stein
Explores the history, economics, and politics of mercantile minorities, the Jews. Topics include the economics of religion, migration, Zionism, Arab-Israeli relations, and Israeli high-tech. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in ECON 300. Offered: jointly with ECON 470.
This class surveys twentieth century Jewish history in its European, American, and Middle Eastern contexts by examining a series of films produced in and about these settings. Together, we will consider some of central events and themes that shaped twentieth century Jewish culture: among them the changing political geography of Europe and the Middle East, mass migration, the Holocaust, and the emergence of new understandings about race, culture, religion, and politics. In addition, students in this class will explore the challenges and rewards of using film as primary and secondary sources. In the process, we will think not only about twentieth century Jewish history, but more generally about how one studies and reconstructs history.
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