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History 20th Century

Colonialism and the Jews

edited by Ethan B. Katz, Lisa Moses Leff & Maud S. Mandel

contributions by Colette Zytnicki, Daniel J. Schroeter, Tara Zahra, David Feldman, Adam Mendelsohn, Susannah Heschel, Israel Bartal, Derek J. Penslar, Joshua Cole, Elizabeth F. Thompson & Frances Malino

Indiana University Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2017
20th Century
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The lively essays collected here explore colonial history, culture, and thought as it intersects with Jewish studies. Connecting the Jewish experience with colonialism to mobility and exchange, diaspora, internationalism, racial discrimination, and Zionism, the volume presents the work of Jewish historians who recognize the challenge that colonialism brings to their work and sheds light on the diverse topics that reflect the myriad ways that Jews engaged with empire in modern times. Taken together, these essays reveal the interpretive power of the "Imperial Turn" and present a rethinking of the history of Jews in colonial societies in light of postcolonial critiques and destabilized categories of analysis. A provocative discussion forum about Zionism as colonialism is also included.

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Editorial Reviews


This collection of essays . . . provides a far-reaching and timely overview of the thorny and often contentious issue of the relationship between Jews and colonialism


This book . . . will become a staple on reading lists and deservedly so.

English Historical Review


Taken as whole, Colonialism and the Jews couples Jewish history with the history of colonialism and imperialism in an innovative manner, providing valuable insights for both disciplines.

KULT online

The editors have produced an impressive volume. It not only enriches our understanding of Jews and colonialism in the Francophone empire and as regards to Zionism: it also provides inspiration for those interested in how Jews interacted with other imperial settings...

Journal of Modern History

Colonialism and the Jews is scholarship at its best, offering us new ways of thinking through difficult political questions. The volume reminds us that sound research and reasoned argument, while not an alternative to politics, can play a critical role by extracting the poisonous passion that mars so much political debate and clarifying the terms for political progress.


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