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Historians of the Jews and the Holocaust$
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David Engel

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759519

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759519.001.0001

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Historians of the Jews and the Holocaust
Stanford University Press

This introductory chapter addresses the question of whether the way in which Jewish history is conceptualized, interpreted, and represented has changed at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It shows that not only has the Holocaust not generated a substantial change of direction in the study of Jewish history sixty years after its conclusion; not only has Jewish history remained virtually the sole area of the humanities which has not sensed in the Holocaust a formidable test of its disciplinary foundations; but that historians of the Jews have raised the demand to insulate themselves from the Holocaust's influence to the level of a vital principle from which deviation is to be condemned.

Keywords:   Jewish history, Jews, Holocaust, historians

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