New Books Network

Björn Krondorfer, “The Holocaust and Masculinities: Critical Inquiries into the Presence and Absence of Men” (SUNY Press, 2020)
In recent decades, scholarship has turned to the role of gender in the Holocaust, but rarely has it critically investigated the experiences of men as gendered beings. Beyond the clear observation that most perpetrators of murder were male, men were also victims, survivors, bystanders, beneficiaries, accomplices, and enablers; they negotiated... Read More
Yaacov Yadgar, “Israel’s Jewish Identity Crisis: State and Politics in the Middle East” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Yaacov Yadgar discusses his new book, Israel’s Jewish Identity Crisis: State and Politics in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2020) with Peter Bergamin. An important and topical contribution to the field of Middle East studies, this innovative, provocative, and timely study tackles head-on the main assumptions of the foundation of... Read More
Derek Penslar, “Theodor Herzl: The Charismatic Leader” (Yale UP, 2020)
The life of Theodor Herzl (1860–1904) was as puzzling as it was brief. How did this cosmopolitan and assimilated European Jew become the leader of the Zionist movement? How could he be both an artist and a statesman, a rationalist and an aesthete, a stern moralist yet possessed of deep,... Read More
Brendan McGeever, “Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Dr Brendan McGeever,  Lecturer in Sociology at Birkbeck, University of London, traces the complex history of the Antisemitism in the Russian Revolution. McGeever examines Bolshevik and Jewish communists’ attempts to confront antisemitism, including within the revolutionary movement itself. McGeever’s book, based on brilliant archival... Read More
Ayala Fader, “Hidden Heretics: Jewish Doubt in the Digital Age” (Princeton UP, 2020)
What would you do if you questioned your religious faith, but revealing that would cause you to lose your family and the only way of life you had ever known? Dr. Ayala Fader explores this question in Hidden Heretics: Jewish Doubt in a Digital Age––her new book with Princeton University... Read More
Magda Teter, “Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth” (Harvard UP, 2020)
The myth of Jews killing Christian children emerged in 1144 CE, with the death of a boy named William in Norwich, England. Over the course of several centuries, this myth gained traction and became firmly rooted throughout medieval and early modern Europe. In Blood Libel: On the Trail of an... Read More
Maddalena Marinari, “Unwanted: Italian and Jewish Mobilization against Restrictive Immigration Laws, 1882–1965” (UNC Press, 2020)
In the late nineteenth century, Italians and Eastern European Jews joined millions of migrants around the globe who left their countries to take advantage of the demand for unskilled labor in rapidly industrializing nations, including the United States. Many Americans of northern and western European ancestry regarded these newcomers as... Read More
Great Books: Amir Eshel on Paul Celan’s Poetry
Paul Celan’s poetry marks the end of European modernism: he is the last poet of the era where the poetic “I” could center a subjective vision of the world through language. Celan bears witness to the Holocaust as the irredeemable rupture in European civilization, but he does so in German,... Read More
Michael Fischbach, “The Movement and the Middle East: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left” (Stanford UP, 2019)
One of the most divisive international issues in American politics today is over Israel and Palestine. The close ties between Israel and the United States are very strong and see considerable cooperation between the two countries. However, that cooperation is also challenged because of the status of the Palestinian people... Read More