Good morning students of Jewish History!
Looking forward to seeing you for the third installment in our fairly popular Crash Course in Jewish History. We’re grateful for the positive response from the live audience, not to mention an unusually large number of online views: as I write this post, the first two parts have been viewed about 19,000 times, with a remarkably strong audience retention factor: the average viewer stayed on site for over eighteen minutes, an auspicious number for sure. On the other hand, I’m getting a larger share of comments from crazy people, but I guess that’s the trade-off.
Tonight’s lecture will focus on the Modern Period, which for our purposes I am defining as the period between the Spanish Expulsion of 1492 and the onset of the Great Migration in 1881. It’s a period of tectonic change, and we will observe very direct connections between events of these centuries and our very own times. The series will conclude next week with a discussion of the Contemporary Period, basically the 20th century up to our own times.