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The Stakes of History: On the Use and Abuse of Jewish History for Life

David N. Myers


Why do we study history? What is the role of the historian in the contemporary world? These questions prompted David N. Myers’s illuminating and poignant call for the relevance of historical research and writing. His inquiry identifies a number of key themes around which modern Jewish historians have wrapped their labors: liberation, consolation, and witnessing. Through these portraits, Myers revisits the chasm between history and memory, revealing the middle space occupied by modern Jewish historians as they work between the poles of empathic storytelling and the critical sifting of sources. ... More

Keywords: History, Memory, Jewish historiography, Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, Utility of history, Liberation, Consolation, Witnessing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300228939
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300228939.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David N. Myers, author
University of California, Los Angeles