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Transmitting Jewish History

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi in Conversation with Sylvie Anne Goldberg

Distributed for Brandeis University Press

Transmitting Jewish History

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi in Conversation with Sylvie Anne Goldberg

The deeply personal reflections of a giant of Jewish history.
 
Scholar Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi (1932–2009) possessed a stunning range of erudition in all eras of Jewish history, as well as in world history, classical literature, and European culture. What Yerushalmi also brought to his craft was a brilliant literary style, honed by his own voracious reading from early youth and his formative undergraduate studies. This series of interviews paints a revealing portrait of this giant of history, bringing together exceptional material on Yerushalmi’s personal and intellectual journeys that not only attests to the astonishing breakthrough of the issues of Jewish history into “general history,” but also offers profound insight into being Jewish in today's world.  
 

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the English Edition by Alexander Kaye
Note to the French Edition by Ophra Yerushalmi
Introduction – Sylvie Anne Goldberg
I. Zakhor, From Memory to Reading History
II. Choosing History
III. Back to Childhood
IV. The Path to Cardoso
V. The Melody of History
VI. From Zakhor to Freud
VII. Derrida
VIII. New York: 1939-1945
IX. Who Makes History?: Questions of Interpretation
X. A Jewish Kid from the Bronx at Harvard and Columbia
XI. Professor Yerushalmi
XII. Questions of History and Historiography
XIII. The Collector
XIV. Gershom Scholem
XV. The Ritual Experience
XVI. Truth in History and Its Avatars
XVII. Messianism and Zionism
XVIII. The State of Israel and Messianic Significance
XIX. An American Jew
XX. From Yesterday to Tomorrow
With “Clio and the Jews: Reflections on Jewish Historiography in the Sixteenth Century”
Index

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