The Individual in History: Essays in Honor of Jehuda Reinharz

Edited by ChaeRan Y. Freeze, Sylvia Fuks Fried, and Eugene R. Sheppard

The Individual in History: Essays in Honor of Jehuda Reinharz, book cover with geometric illustrationEssays to honor Jehuda Reinharz, his scholarly work and institutional leadership

Jehuda Reinharz, born in Haifa in 1944, spent his childhood in Israel and his adolescence in Germany, and moved with his family to the United States when he was 17. These three diverse geographies and the experiences they engendered shaped his early years and the future of a prolific scholar who devoted his life to the study of the central role of leadership in the age of emancipation and integration in Europe, the rise of modern antisemitism, the formation of Zionist youth culture and politics, and the transformation of Jewish politics in Palestine and the State of Israel.

In this volume, eminent scholars in their respective fields extend the lines of Reinharz’s research interests and personal activism by focusing on the ideological, political and scholarly contributions of a diverse range of individuals in Jewish history. Essays address five central themes: ideology and politics; statecraft; intellectual, social and cultural spheres; witnessing history; and the academy.

This volume offers a panoramic view of modern Jewish history through engaging essays that celebrate Reinharz’s rich contribution as a prolific scholar, a pathbreaking teacher and leader in the academy and beyond.

"The three editors movingly portray the making of a modern Jewish historian… The account of his life journey is inspiring and illuminating. The Individual in History makes perfect sense as homage to an extraordinary man and scholar." —"Modern Judaism"

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