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Sorkin, David Jan

Works: 29 works in 152 publications in 5 languages and 6,536 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Church history  Sources  Conference papers and proceedings  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Thesis advisor
Classifications: DS135.G33, 943.004924
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by David Jan Sorkin
What history tells : George L. Mosse and the culture of modern Europe by society and culture (Conference) An historian's legacy: George L. Moss and recent research on fascism( )

21 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What History Tells presents an impressive collection of critical papers from the September 2001 conference "An Historian's Legacy: George L. Mosse and Recent Research on Fascism, Society, and Culture." This book examines his historiographical legacy first
The origins of Israel, 1882-1948 : a documentary history by Eran Kaplan( )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1880 the Jewish community in Palestine encompassed some 20,000 Orthodox Jews; within sixty-five years it was transformed into a secular proto-state with well-developed political, military, and economic institutions, a vigorous Hebrew-language culture, and some 600,000 inhabitants. The Origins of Israel, 1882-1948: A Documentary History chronicles the making of modern Israel before statehood, providing in English the texts of original sources (many translated from Hebrew and other languages) accompanied by extensive introductions and commentaries from the volume editors. This sourcebook assembles a diverse array of 62 documents, many of them unabridged, to convey the ferment, dissent, energy, and anxiety that permeated the Zionist project from its inception to the creation of the modern nation of Israel. Focusing primarily on social, economic, and cultural history rather than Zionist thought and diplomacy, the texts are organized in themed chapters. They present the views of Zionists from many political and religious camps, factory workers, farm women, militants, intellectuals promoting the Hebrew language and arts--as well as views of ultra-Orthodox anti-Zionists. The volume includes important unabridged documents from the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict that are often cited but are rarely read in full. The editors, Eran Kaplan and Derek J. Penslar, provide both primary texts and informative notes and commentary, giving readers the opportunity to encounter voices from history and make judgments for themselves about matters of world-historical significance."--Publisher's description
The transformation of German Jewry, 1780-1840 by David Jan Sorkin( Book )

17 editions published between 1987 and 1999 in English and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The transformation of German Jewry from 1780 to 1840 exemplified a twofold revolution: on one level, the end of the feudal status of Jews as an autonomous community forced them to face a protracted process of political emancipation, a far-reaching social metamorphosis, and growing racial anti-Semitism; yet, on another level, their encounter with the surrounding culture resulted in their own intense cultural productivity. In this ground-breaking study, David Sorkin argues that emancipation and encounter with German culture and society led not to assimilation but to the creation of a new Jewish identity and community--a true and vibrant subculture that produced many of Judaism's modern movements and fostered a pantheon of outstanding writers, artists, composers, scientists, and academics. He contends that German-Jewish subculture was based not, as widely believed, on nationalistic--Jewish versus German--or religious--Jewish versus Christian--disparities, but rather on the struggle for freedom and social acceptance in German society. By studying German Jewry's cultural history in its social and political context, as well as in the larger setting of German history, this study firmly asserts that the subculture both distinguished German Jewry from other European Jewish communities and accounted for its members' prominent role in Jewish and general culture
The religious Enlightenment : Protestants, Jews, and Catholics from London to Vienna by David Sorkin( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: "Sorkin is right to argue that enlightenment and faith went together for most participants in the Enlightenment, and that this is a major topic that has been relatively neglected. He has written an outstanding and eminently accessible book bringing the whole question centrally to scholars' attention. He skillfully demonstrates that all confessions and religious traditions found themselves very much in a common predicament and sought similar solutions."--Jonathan Israel, Institute for Advanced Study" Powerfully cogent. Sorkin seeks to show that the 'religious Enlightenment' was not a contradiction in terms but was an integral and central part of the Enlightenment. Anyone interested in the history of the Enlightenment in particular or the eighteenth century in general will want to read this book. Sorkin is one of the leading scholars working in the field. His scholarship is as wide as it is deep."-Tim Blanning, University of Cambridge
The Oxford handbook of Jewish studies( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume on Jewish studies presents surveys of today's interests and directions in the humanities and social sciences. It covers the main areas taught and researched as part of Jewish studies in universities throughout the world, especially in Europe, the US, and Israel
Moses Mendelssohn and the religious enlightenment by David Jan Sorkin( Book )

17 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) was the premier Jewish thinker of his day who was recognized, in the phrase "from Moses unto Moses there was none like Moses," as the legitimate successor to the medieval Moses Maimonides. At the same time, Mendelssohn was one of the best-known figures of the German Enlightenment, earning the sobriquet "the Socrates of Berlin." Because of his eminence in both spheres, Mendelssohn has been treated as a symbol of the modern Jewish predicament: the conflict between Jewish tradition and secular culture. Moses Mendelssohn and the Religious Enlightenment presents a new interpretation of Mendelssohn's work. David Sorkin offers a close study of Mendelssohn's complete writings, treating the German and the often neglected Hebrew writings as a single corpus. By showing that Mendelssohn's well-known German pronouncements on Judaism and religion take on a different meaning when they are read in the context of his entire body of work, Sorkin argues that Mendelssohn's two spheres of endeavor were entirely consistent
New perspectives on the Haskalah( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume, written by a range of scholars in history and literature, offers a new understanding of one of the central cultural and ideological movements among Jews in modern times. Disengaging the Haskalah from the questions of modernization or emancipation that have hitherto dominated the scholarship, the contributors have put the Haskalah under a microscope in order to restore detail and texture to the individuals, ideas, and activities that were its makers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In particular, they replace simple dichotomies with nuanced distinctions, presenting the r
From East and West : Jews in a changing Europe, 1750-1870 by Frances Malino( Book )

11 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moses Mendelssohn's Hebrew writings by Moses Mendelssohn( )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

German Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) was one of the most influential thinkers of the Enlightenment. Until now, attention was focused on Mendelssohn's German works--such as his groundbreaking Jerusalem - which have been duly translated into English. Edward Breuer and David Sorkin assert that his Hebrew works are essential for understanding both his biography and his oeuvre. This volume offers expertly translated and generously annotated selections from the entire corpus of Mendelssohn's published Hebrew writings. Mendelssohn wrote in Hebrew throughout his life, but these works - mainly grounded in biblical and other Hebrew classical works - have been hitherto inaccessible to most scholars. In this volume, Breuer and Sorkin make an important contribution to modern Jewish and religious thought, refuting the notion that Mendelssohn led a bifurcated intellectual and spiritual existence and demonstrating Mendelssohn's ability to transform traditional religious genres into vehicles for philosophical argumentation. --
Profiles in diversity : Jews in a changing Europe, 1750-1870( Book )

3 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transactions of the Parisian Sanhedrim, or, Acts of the Assembly of Israelitish Deputies of France and Italy, convoked at Paris by an Imperial and Royal Decree, dated May 30, 1806 by Assemblée des Israélites de France et du royaume d'Italie( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The spirit of Prussian Jewry : the dual legacy of Berlin by David Jan Sorkin( Book )

4 editions published in 1993 in German and English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ideology and identity : political emancipation and the emergence of a Jewish sub-culture in Germany, 1800-1848 by David Jan Sorkin( )

15 editions published between 1982 and 1988 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wise, enlightened and reliable piety' : the religious enlightenment in Central and Western Europe, 1689-1789 by David Jan Sorkin( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Count Stanislas de Clermont-Tonnerre's "To the Jews as a nation ..." : the career of a quotation by David Jan Sorkin( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Berlin Haskalah and German religious thought : orphans of knowledge : the Sherman lectures, Department of Religions and Theology, Manchester University 1997 by David Jan Sorkin( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this provocative work, first given as the Sherman Lectures at Manchester University (1997), David Sorkin takes issue with the conventional view of the Berlin Haskalah as a peculiarly Jewish phenomenon by comparing it with Protestant and Catholic parallels in German-speaking central Europe." "This work offers a new perspective on the Haskalah that will be of interest to all concerned with modern Jewish history, German history and religion in the modern world."--Jacket
George L. Mosse series in modern European cultural and intellectual history( )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jewish communities in the modern world( )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emancipation by David Jan Sorkin( )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Oxford handbook of Jewish studies
The transformation of German Jewry, 1780-1840The religious Enlightenment : Protestants, Jews, and Catholics from London to ViennaThe Oxford handbook of Jewish studiesMoses Mendelssohn and the religious enlightenmentNew perspectives on the HaskalahProfiles in diversity : Jews in a changing Europe, 1750-1870The Berlin Haskalah and German religious thought : orphans of knowledge : the Sherman lectures, Department of Religions and Theology, Manchester University 1997
Alternative Names
Sorkin, David.

Sorkin, David 1953-

Sorkin, David 1958-

Sorkin, David J.

Sorkin, David J. 1958-

סורקין, דוד

סורקין, דויד