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Sarah A. Stein
SISJE 469
Seattle Campus

Enlightenment, Emancipation, Antisemitism: History of the Jews, 1770-1914

The Jewish experience in the modern world from the European Enlightenment to the First World War. Focus on the debates surrounding Jewish emancipation, the reception of Jews within European society, modern antisemitism, nationalist movements, mass migration, and war. Offered: jointly with HSTEU 469.

Class description

This class surveys this history of the Jews in Europe in the modern period. We will begin with the emancipation of the first Jews of Europe in the wake of the French Revolution, and conclude with the outbreak of the First World War. In order to explore the history of European Jewries, we will roam from Western Europe to Central and Eastern Europe, from the Ottoman Empire to North Africa and the Americas. All the while, we will consider the diversity of Jewish experiences in Europe and the factors that cohere European Jewish History. Particular attention will be paid to the shaping of modern Sephardi and Ashkenazi Diasporas, the way in which European Jewries ordered their lives and communities and constructed their identities, to the shaping of gender roles, to Jews^ interaction with their non-Jewish neighbors and their relationships and with the states and empires in which they lived. Students will rely heavily on primary sources, including memoirs, autobiographies and documents of material culture.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

This course follows from HSTEU 468/SISJE 468, Early Modern European Jewish History, but this is not a pre-requisite. Students with background in Modern European History or Jewish Studies will find their previous experience useful.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly in-class writing, 1 midterm and 1 final, both with an in-class component (short answers) and an out-of-class component (5 page take-home essay). Weekly reading, discussion section.

Participation in section, in-class writing assignments, midterm and final exam.


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 Loryn R. Paxton
Date: 02/14/2000