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On Becoming an American Jewish Historian

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Jeffrey S. Gurock
North American Jewish Studies
  • Brighton, MA: 
    Academic Studies Press
    , April
     272 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Sixteen senior scholars of American Jewish history—among the men and women whose work and advocacy have moved their discipline into the mainstream of academia—converse on the intellectual and personal roads they have traveled in becoming leaders in their areas of expertise. Through their thoughtful and candid recollections of the challenges they faced in becoming accepted academics, they retell the story of how the study of the Jews and Judaism in the United States rose from being long dismissed as an amateurish enterprise not worthy of serious consideration in the world of ideas to its position today as a respected field in communication with all humanities scholars. They also imagine and chart the direction the writing on American Jews will take in the coming era.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jeffrey S. Gurock is Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish history at Yeshiva University. A prize-winning author or editor of twenty books in the field of American Jewish history, he was twice chair of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society and for twenty years an editor of its journal, American Jewish History.


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