The book highlights the centrifugal and centripetal shifts in Jewish identity, from messianic militarism to pacifism and back. It shows how changes in Jewish education accompanied these shifts. While drawing on historical scholarship for background, this book is essentially a literary study, showing how literary changes at different times and places reflect historical, socio-psychological, economic and political change.
Nationalism, War and Jewish Education is original in showing how ancient Jewish education affected modern Jewish society, therefore it is a valuable resource for students and researchers interested in Jewish history and literature, education, development studies and nationalism.
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Table of ContentsAcknowledgements
Part 1: Nationalism and Jewish Education in the Roman Era
1. The early Roman background: Jewish education and Jewish/Greek relations
2. Roman government, Greek freedmen and Jewish education
3. Josephus and the struggle for Jewish accommodation with Rome
4. Defeat, nationalism and Jewish education after 70 CE
5. Jewish education, Roman and Jewish law and Stoic philosophy
6. The Mishna, Galilee, and Jewish education
7. The rabbis and Jewish education as history
8. How did Jewish education affect class differences?
9. Education in the love of Israel: the anti-prophetic streak in rabbinic literature
10. The double standard of Jewish education
11. To pay or not to pay? The problem of the schoolteacher
Part 2: From Emancipation to Political Nationalism, 1789-1948
12. Jewish education and the rise of the secular state
13. Emancipation and the Jewish return to war
14. Heresy and continuity in post-1789 Jewish education
15. Emancipation, the Hebrew revival and the retreat from Hebrew
16. Jewish education in Hebrew literature
17. Pogroms and Jewish militarization
18. The revival of Hebrew 1917-1939