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This introductory chapter provides a brief overview of the book Modern Judaism and Historical Consciousness: Identities, Encounters, Perspectives and its chapters. To reflect upon Jewish history as a historian at the beginning of the twenty-first century implies having an awareness that our perceptions of Judaism and Jewish culture are shaped by a specific, distinct historical tradition that has developed since more than two hundred years. The book places central aspects and debates, as well as broad overviews of specific developments within the historiography of Judaism, alongside one another, hoping that in spite of their necessary heterogeneity they will convey overall a clear impression of the developments of historical thinking and the relationship between modern Judaism and historical consciousness in the past as well as in the present.

Keywords: historical consciousness; Jewish culture; Jewish history; modern Judaism



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