North American Studies
Modern Jewish Literature
Dept. of Jewish Studies
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Jewish History After the End of Ideology
By Robert M.
Seltzer, Hunter College of The City University
of New York
In 1953, Isaiah Berlin
published a study of Tolstoy's philosophy of history entitled "The
Hedgehog and the Fox." The title is based on fragment 301 of the
seventh-century BCE Greek poet Archilocus: "The fox knows many things
the hedgehog knows one big thing."
The Growth of Jewish Political History
By Eugene Orenstein,
Dept. of Jewish Studies, McGill University
Significant political thinking and evidence of political action can be found
in rabbinic literature, in the history of the Jewish communal institutions,
and, of course, in the modern Jewish political movements.
The Re-Orientation of Jewish History
By Gershon Hundert,
Dept. of Jewish Studies, McGill
The most recent trends in the humanities and the social sciences are
reflected in historical writing. For historians, however, the general
subversion of truth claims presents enormous difficulties.
Myth. Counter-Myth, and the Birth of Neo-Zionism
By Derek Jonathan
Penslar, University of Toronto
Nationalism legitimized itself through appeals to history, which provided
evidence of the antiquity, unity, and glorious heritage of the nation. In
turn, historical thought often conceived of the nation-state as the prime
catalyst of historical development.