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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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Introduction

Introduction

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Historians of the Jews and the Holocaust
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804759519.003.0001

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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