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Global History & Jewish Studies

Paradoxical Agendas, Contradictory Implications

di Bernard D. Cooperman
24.05.2016

These days, "globalization" has become as hot a topic for historians as it already was for economists and political scientists, financiers and businessmen, and all the other strategists who operate in the "real worlds" of markets, weapons, and public policy. Globalized thinking is not merely the application of historical considerations to an expanded geographic territory; it is a way of challenging traditional categories and approaches. There have been many "turns" and programmatic reformulations proposed by historians over the last half-century. What is the specific, defining thrust of this new global history? The paradox lies in the fact that, as we have seen, each globalized historiography reflects the very specific concerns and arguments of the field and community from which it stems. Where then do the tensions lie in a globalized program of Jewish Studies?


These days, "globalization" has become as hot a topic for historians as it already was for economists and political scientists, financiers and businessmen, and all the other strategists who operate in the "real worlds" of markets, weapons, and public policy1. While the term "globalization" did not appear in Raymond Williams' classic Keywords (1976; revised 1983), it was prominently featured in the 2005 New Keywords2. The term seems ubiquitous, almost de rigueur, in article titles in "important" historical journals3. In the United States, at least, what seems to have begun with a single book on "world history" published in 1963 has become an academic association and a journal, a staple of college teaching, textbook publishing, and scholarly discussion4.

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