American Jewish History (Essential Lectures in Jewish History)

Brief overview of the history of Jewish immigration to the United States and demographic developments to the beginning of the 21st century.

Modern Antisemitism (Essential Lectures in Jewish History)

An introduction to the major themes in modern antisemitic ideology (1880-present). Warning: not quite as nasty as the lecture on medieval antisemitism, but disturbing nevertheless. Part of the Essential Lectures in Jewish History series, more available at http://www.henryabramson.com.

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The Origins of Modern Jewish Humor (Essential Lectures in Jewish History)

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This is a more-or-less scholarly discussion of the origins of modern Jewish history in Enlightenment Europe. Warning: there are a few jokes in this video, but they only start around the 15 minute mark. The rest is more theoretical and historical. Part of the Essential Lectures in Jewish History series, more available at http://www.henryabramson.com.

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Here are a few of Dr. Abramson’s recent publications. He’s not very funny in print (but taller).

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The Sea of Talmud

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Jews in the Medieval Economy (Essential Lectures in Jewish History)

Jewish Man in Worms, Germany, 16th c. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Jewish Man in Worms, Germany, 16th c. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

An introductory lecture on the role of Jews in the medieval economy. Part of the Essential Lectures in Jewish History series.

The Boundaries of the State of Israel (Essential Lectures in Jewish History)

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This video describes the changes in the political boundaries of the State of Israel from its inception 1948 through the disengagement from Gaza in 2005. Part of the Essential Lectures in Jewish History series by Dr. Henry Abramson. To view the Prezi associated with this video please click here.

The Holocaust (Essential Lectures in Jewish History by Dr. Henry Abramson)

Entrance to Auschwitz. Photo by Petar Milosevic via Wikimedia Commons.
Entrance to Auschwitz. Photo by Petar Milosevic via Wikimedia Commons.

This is a brief academic presentation of the history of the Nazi attempt to destroy the Jews of Europe during World War II. Part of the Essential Lectures in Jewish History series by Dr. Henry Abramson.

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Women in Jewish History (Essential Lectures in Jewish History) by Dr. Henry Abramson

Jewish Women's Home Journal (1922) via Wikimedia Commons.
Jewish Women’s Home Journal (1922) via Wikimedia Commons.

A thematic introduction to the topic of women in Jewish history, part of the Essential Lectures in Jewish History series by Dr. Henry Abramson.

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Mass Jewish Politics in the Modern Era (Essential Lectures in Jewish History)

Letterhead of Der Arbayter (1905). Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Letterhead of Der Arbayter (1905). Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

This lecture briefly covers the rise of mass Jewish politics at the turn of the 20th century, looking at the rise of Jewish Socialism, Zionism, and other movements. Part of the Essential Lectures in Jewish History series available at http://www.jewishhistorylectures.org.

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The Haskalah (Essential Lectures in Jewish History) Dr. Henry Abramson

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Moses Mendelsohn After Anton Graff [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
The Haskalah was a major intellectual-political movement of the 18th and 19th centuries. Seeking political emancipation and intellectual freedom, it challenged the hegemony of the traditionalist authorities, leading to widespread assimilation on one hand but exceptionally creative solutions to modernity on the other. Part of the Essential Lectures in Jewish History series.

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The Eastern European Center (Essential Lectures in Jewish History)

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A brief overview of the settlement and activity of the Jewish people in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Part of the Essential Lectures in Jewish History series by Dr. Henry Abramson.

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