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Title What ifs of Jewish history : from Abraham to Zionism / edited by Gavriel D. Rosenfeld
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016


Description 1 online resource (viii, 406 pages) : illustrations
Contents List of figures -- List of figure acknowledgments -- List of contributors -- Introduction: Counterfactual history and the Jewish imagination / Gavriel D. Rosenfeld -- What if the Exodus had never happened? / Steven Weitzman -- What if the Temple of Jerusalem had not been destroyed by the Romans? / Rene Bloch -- What if King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella had not expelled the Jews of Spain in 1492? / Jonathan Ray -- What if the "ghetto" had never been constructed? / Bernard Dov Cooperman -- What if Spinoza had repented? / Eugene R. Sheppard -- What if Russian Jewry had never been confined to the Pale of Jewish Settlement? / Jeffrey Veidlinger -- What if a Christian state had been established in modern Palestine? / Derek Jonathan Penslar -- What if the Jewish state had been established in East Africa? / Adam Rovner -- What if Franz Kafka had immigrated to Palestine? / Iris Bruce -- What if the Palestinian Arab elite had chosen compromise instead of boycott in confronting Zionism? / Kenneth W. Stein -- What if Musa Alami and David Ben-Gurion had agreed on a Jewish-Arab state? / David N. Myers -- What if the Weimar Republic had survived? A chapter from Walther Rathenau's memoir / Michael Brenner -- What if Adolf Hitler had been assassinated in 1939? / Gavriel D. Rosenfeld -- What if the Nazis had won the battle of El Alamein? / Jeffrey Herf -- What if the Final Solution had been completed?: Nazi memory in a victorious Reich / Dirk Rupnow -- What if the Holocaust had been averted? / Jeffrey S. Gurock -- Notes -- Index
Summary "What if the Exodus had never happened? What if the Jews of Spain had not been expelled in 1492? What if Eastern Europe Jews had never been confined to the Russian Pale of Settlement? What if Adolf Hitler had been assassinated in 1939? What if a Jewish State had been established in Uganda instead of Palestine? Gavriel D. Rosenfeld's pioneering anthology examines how these and other counterfactual questions would have affected the course of Jewish history. Featuring essays by sixteen distinguished scholars in the field of Jewish studies, What Ifs of Jewish History is the first volume to systematically apply counterfactual reasoning to the Jewish past. Written in a variety of narrative styles, ranging from the analytical to the literary, the essays cover three thousand years of dramatic events and invite readers to indulge their imaginations and explore how the course of Jewish history might have been different"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed December 9, 2016)
Subject Jews -- History.
Judaism -- History.
Imaginary histories.
Jews -- History -- Miscellanea
HISTORY -- World.
Imaginary histories
Genre/Form Electronic books
Counterfactual histories
Trivia and miscellanea
Counterfactual histories.
Histoires contrefactuelles.
Form Electronic book
Author Rosenfeld, Gavriel David, 1967- editor.
Container of (work): Weitzman, Steven, 1965- What If the Exodus had never happened?
ISBN 9781316725962