Courses of Study 2023-2024 
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Courses of Study 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HIST 1710 - The Jewish Atlantic: 1492-Present

(crosslisted) JWST 1710 , RELST 1710  
(GHB) (GLC-AS, HA-AS, HST-AS)      
Fall. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

M. Juni.

Who were the Jews that first settled in the Americas and around the Atlantic? How did their experiences intersect with processes of colonization, empire-building, racialization, and the formation of an interconnected Atlantic World? Why do half the world’s Jews live currently in countries on the Atlantic littoral? How do they maintain trans-national bonds with other Jews around the world? This course will reconstruct the rise of the Sephardi Diaspora following the 1492 expulsion of Jews from Spain, their settlement patterns across Europe, Africa, and the Americas, their global economic activities, and the uneasy ways they mapped onto religious, political, and racial schema of the period. We will also explore the mass-migrations of European, Middle Eastern, and North African Jews in the 19-20th centuries that rejuvenated the Jewish Atlantic and will investigate how the formation of the State of Israel has impacted the bonds of solidarity within this multi-ethnic Jewish Diaspora. (HTR)

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