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What Ifs of Jewish History: From Abraham to Zionism

What Ifs of Jewish History: From Abraham to Zionism (Hardback)

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What if the Exodus had never happened? What if the Jews of Spain had not been expelled in 1492? What if Eastern European Jews had never been confined to the Russian Pale of Settlement? What if Adolf Hitler had been assassinated in 1939? What if a Jewish state had been established in Uganda instead of Palestine? Gavriel D. Rosenfeld's pioneering anthology examines how these and other counterfactual questions would have affected the course of Jewish history. Featuring essays by sixteen distinguished scholars in the field of Jewish Studies, What Ifs of Jewish History is the first volume to systematically apply counterfactual reasoning to the Jewish past. Written in a variety of narrative styles, ranging from the analytical to the literary, the essays cover three thousand years of dramatic events and invite readers to indulge their imaginations and explore how the course of Jewish history might have been different.

History & PoliticsHistory General & TheoryGeneral & world historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsReligious groups: social & cultural aspectsJewish studies Publisher: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 08/09/2016 ISBN-13: 9781107037625  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Gavriel D. Rosenfeld is Professor of History at Fairfield University. His area of specialization is the history and memory of the Nazi era. He is the author of several books, including Building After Auschwitz: Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust (2011), which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in the category of visual arts, The World Hitler Never Made: Alternate History and the Memory of Nazism (Cambridge, 2005), Munich and Memory: Architecture, Monuments and the Legacy of the Third Reich (2000) and the co-edited work, Beyond Berlin: Twelve German Cities Confront the Nazi Past (2008). Rosenfeld is a frequent contributor to the Forward newspaper and edits the blog, The Counterfactual History Review.

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