The History of the Jews in Eastern Europe

This course will examine the contours of Jewish life in Eastern Europe and their impact on Ashkenazic Jews today. Topics include Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian Jewish society, the growth of Jewish social-welfare and mutual-assistance organizations, the rise of Hasidism and its opponents, the conflict between Galizianers and Litvaks, the Russian-Jewish Enlightenment, and the rise of secular Jewish political movements.