Innovation through Tradition?

Innovation through Tradition? Jewish Educational Media and Cultural Transformation in the Face of Modernity

From the final third of the eighteenth century, large segments of the Ashkenazi Jewish population, particularly those people living in German-speaking regions, experienced an accelerating process of socio-cultural transformation that impacted all aspects of their lifeworlds. This project explores these multi-layered processes of transformation through the lens of educational media. A key focus is the significance of religious and cultural tradition as a point of reference and a space for reflection in this context. The project proceeds from the assumption that recourse to the familiar made possible acceptance and assimilation of the new. (Full description)

Joint project of the German Historical Institute Washington DC and Tel Aviv University in association with the Georg Eckert Institute. Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.


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