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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 University
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.

 

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