A People That Dwells Alone? Jewish History and the Culture of a Minority

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For most of their history, the Jews lived as a minority among other cultures. This lecture will examine the boundaries between Jewish culture and the culture of the majority, especially in Christian lands. What did the Jews adopt from the majority culture and what did they resist?

David Biale is Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Davis. Among his publications are: "Power and Powerlessness in Jewish History", "Not in the Heavens. The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought", and "Cultures of the Jews. A New History".


The lecture is part of a cycle of open lectures "The History of Jews: Old and New Questions".

The lecture is organized within the Global Education Outreach Program.

The lecture was made possible thanks to the support of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland. 


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