The Modern Jewish World, 1880-1939

This six week course explores the experiences and responses of Jews in Europe, America and Palestine during the turbulent decades from the 1880s until the eve of the Nazi rise to power. No previous knowledge of the topics is necessary.

Speakers

Professor Shirli Gilbert
University College London (UCL)

Start

April 21, 2021 - 6.30 pm

End

April 28, 2021 - 8.00 pm

The Modern Jewish World, 1880-1939 

Wednesdays, 6.30-8.00pm GMT on Zoom

In this course we will explore the experiences and responses of Jews in Europe, America and Palestine during the turbulent decades from the 1880s until the eve of the Nazi rise to power. How can we understand the relationship between the emancipation of Europe’s Jews and the rise of new, virulent forms of antisemitism in the final decades of the nineteenth century? What happened to those Jews who chose to leave Europe for the new promised land of America? How did the Zionist movement evolve in the decades following its establishment? And what did Jewish Europe look like in the years leading up to Nazi rule?

24 February         The rise of modern antisemitism

3 March                Emigration and Jews in America

10 March              Jews and World War I

17 March              The Balfour Declaration

Note that the classes are paused for four weeks over the Jewish holiday period

21 April                Zionism, Jews and Arabs before Israel

28 April               German Jews before Nazism

Time: Wednesdays 6.30pm-8.00pm
Dates: 24 February, 3, 10, 17 March, AND 21 and 28 April 2021
Venue: On Zoom (link will be provided before each session)
Cost: £200 for six classes

Note that you will also need to purchase the The Jew in the Modern World: a Documentary History as a it is a the source of many texts for this and our other courses – this is available both new and secondhand from a variety of online sellers.

To book please email: book@sirmartingilbertlearningcentre.org

For enquiries on course content only please email: shirli.gilbert@ucl.ac.uk

As an educational charity we do not offer concessions as standard, but equally we do not want anyone to be excluded because of financial need. If you require financial support to enable you to attend, please contact us.


Testimonials

“Shirli’s history seminars are just the best.  Incredibly conscientious in her preparation, Shirli has the ability to bring history to life so that it becomes amazingly relevant to our world today.  Fight to secure a place!” – Susie & Simon

 

“For anyone who is interested in the period of Jewish History starting with the Enlightenment and running up to the present day, I cannot recommend this course highly enough. Prof Shirli Gilbert is an inspirational teacher , and unlike many lecture courses, actively encourages pro active participation. Reading material is provided for study before each session, and much enjoyment and knowledge is gained not only from Shirli’s teaching but also from debate between the participants under Shirli’s expert guidance.” – Melvyn

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