The Individual in History: Essays in Honor of Jehuda Reinharz

The Individual in History: Essays in Honor of Jehuda Reinharz

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The Individual in History: Essays in Honor of Jehuda Reinharz by ChaeRan Y. Freeze

Jehuda Reinharz, born in Haifa in 1944, spent his childhood in Israel and his adolescence in Germany, and moved with his family to the United States when he was seventeen. These three diverse geographies and the experiences they engendered shaped his formative years and the future of a prolific scholar who devoted his life to the study of the central role of leadership as Jews faced the challenges of emancipation and integration in Germany, the rise of modern antisemitism, the formation of Zionist youth culture and politics, and the transformation of Jewish politics in Palestine and the State of Israel.

In this volume, eminent scholars in their respective fields extend the lines of Reinharz’s research interests and personal activism by focusing on the ideological, political, and scholarly contributions of a diverse range of individuals in Jewish history. Essays are clustered around five central themes: ideology and politics; statecraft; intellectual, social and cultural spheres; witnessing history; and in the academy.

This volume offers a panoramic view of modern Jewish history through engaging essays that celebrate Reinharz’s rich contribution as a path-breaking and prolific scholar, teacher, and leader in the academy and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611687330
Publisher: Brandeis University Press
Publication date: 05/22/2015
Series: The Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 580
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

CHAERAN Y. FREEZE is associate professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University. SYLVIA FUKS FRIED is executive director of the Tauber Institute at Brandeis University. EUGENE R. SHEPPARD is associate professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought at Brandeis University.

Table of Contents

Introduction
PART I. IDEOLOGY AND POLITICS
Theodor Herzl: Charisma and Leadership—Derek J. Penslar
The President before Weizmann: David Littwak and the Politics of “Old New Land”—Michael Brenner
Herzl, Ahad Ha’am, and the Altneuland Debate: Between Utopia and Radicalism—Eran Kaplan
The Vilna Gaon and His Disciples as Precursors of Zionism: The Vicissitudes of a Myth—Immanuel Etkes
Me’ir Ya‘ari and Hashomer Hatza‘ir: The Movement Is Me—Aviva Halamish
“The Wise Woman of Givat Brenner”: Jessie Sampter on Kibbutz, War, and Peace, 1934–1938—Meir Chazan
Robert Briscoe, Jewish Lord Mayor of Dublin: Revisiting the Irish-Jewish Connection—Frances Malino
The Zionist Leadership of Louis D. Brandeis—Evyatar Friesel
America’s Most Memorable Zionist Leaders—Jonathan D. Sarna
The Rise of Stephen S. Wise as a Jewish Leader—Mark A. Raider
PART II. STATECRAFT
Weizmann and Ben-Gurion: Portraits in Contrast—Anita Shapira
Role, Place, and Time: The Case of Sir Alan Gordon Cunningham in Palestine, 1945–1948—Motti Golani
Bold Decisions: Three Israeli Prime Ministers Who Went against the Grain—Itamar Rabinovich
Leadership in the Arab-Israeli Conflict—Shai Feldman
At the Crossroads: Ben-Gurion at War—Shlomo Avineri
Roosevelt, American Jews, and Rescue Attempts—Yehuda Bauer
Wasfi al-Tall: An Iconic Incarnation of Jordanianism—Asher Susser
PART III. INTELLECTUAL, SOCIAL, AND CULTURAL SPHERES
Particularism, Exclusivity, and Monopoly: The History of a Talmudic Statement—Moshe Halbertal
“The Individual in Jewish History”: A Feminist Perspective—Shulamit Reinharz
Thomas Carlyle versus Henry Thomas Buckle: “Great Man” versus “Historical Laws”—Yaacov Shavit
The Evolution of Roza Georgievna Vinaver: The Making of a Jewish Liberal Politician's Wife in Imperial Russia—ChaeRan Y. Freeze
Spatial Coherence as Sovereignty—Arnold J. Band
Exemplary Leaders: Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig—Paul Mendes-Flohr
PART IV. WITNESSING HISTORY
Inside Kishinev’s Pogrom: Hayyim Nahman Bialik, Michael Davitt, and the Burdens of Truth—Steven J. Zipperstein
Julian Tuwim: Confronting Antisemitism in Poland—Antony Polonsky
The Terrible Secret: Some Afterthoughts—Walter Laqueur
A Testimony to the World of German Orthodox Judaism: A Translation of Rabbi Jehiel Jacob Weinberg’s Introduction to His Seridei Eish—David Ellenson
Authors/Survivors/Witnesses: Aharon Appelfeld, Abba Kovner, Primo Levi, and Elie Wiesel between Literature and Testimony—Dina Porat
PART V. IN THE ACADEMY
On a Desperate Postdoc and the Emergence of Modern German Antisemitism—Daniel R. Schwartz
Lawrence H. Fuchs: The Scholar as Citizen—Stephen J. Whitfield
Three Brandeis Presidents: Open Leadership in an American University—David Hackett Fischer
Jehuda Reinharz Select Bibliography
Editors and Contributors
Index

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