Colo­nial­ism and the Jews

Ethan B Katz, Lisa Moses Leff, Maud S. Man­del (edi­tors)

  • From the Publisher
January 1, 2013

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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