Jewish Studies Reading Group

by CJS

Fall Semester 2016-2017

Contact: Amos Bitzan, Assistant Professor, Department of History, abitzan@wisc.edu

All meetings are held in Humanities 4231 (CJS Lounge)

 

Topic I: Jewish Historiography – Salo Baron

 

1. THE LACHRYMOSE CONCEPTION OF JEWISH HISTORY

Thursday, September 15, 2016 2:30-3:20pm

Reading: Salo W. Baron, “Ghetto and Emancipation,” Menorah XIV, no. 6 (June 1928): 515-28. Reprinted in The Menorah Treasury, ed. Leo W. Schwarz (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1964), 50-63. PDF

2. JEWISH HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY: VISIONS OF THE WHOLE?

Thursday, October 13, 2016 2:30-3:20pm

Reading: Salo W. Baron, “Chapter I: Jewish Society and Religion,” in A Social and Religious History of the Jews, 2nd ed., vol. 1, 18 vols. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1952), 3-31. PDF

3. SALO BARON IN ACTION: EARLY MODERN POLAND

Thursday, November 10, 2016 2:30-3:20pm

Reading: Salo W. Baron, “Chapter LXVII: Poland’s Golden Age,” in A Social and Religious History of the Jews, 2nd ed., vol. 16, 18 vols. (New York, Columbia University Press), 3-77. PDF

 

 

BACKGROUND LITERATURE AND PRIMARY SOURCES (OPTIONAL)

Robert Liberles, Salo Wittmayer Baron: Architect of Jewish History (New York: New York University Press, 1995).

Zachary Baker, “The Taube-Baron Collection of Jewish History and Culture,” Stanford University Libraries, accessed July 25, 2016, http://library.stanford.edu/collections/taube-baron-collection-jewish-history-and-culture.