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Modern Jewries and the Imperial Imagination

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Publication Date: January 2005

Publisher(s): Association for Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Sarah Stein; Sarah Stein

Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Fall 2005, pp.14-16.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Culture and religion (Culture and civilization)

Keywords: Academic Research; History; Theory; International Relations

Type: Report


The author reviews the ways in which the academic study of Jewish populations overlaps, or should overlap, with the study of the phenomenon of empire. Some promising lines of inquiry are impeded, the author explains, by a myth of Jewish powerlessness, and others by a (faulty) assumption that contiguous empires cannot be compared with transcontinental empires. The author traces these ideas through many examples of modern scholarship in these areas.