Rosman's erudite volume ranges over more theoretical ground than can be explained in a brief review. I found his explications of methodology and analysis of modern Jewish historiography more solidly grounded than his avowedly polemical discussion of postmodernists with whom he disagrees. The politics of academe are never far from the surface here, and Rosman clearly is responding to instances in which scholars have used postcolonial theory to criticize policies of the Israeli state and challenge its legitimacy. As some of Rosman's targets are fellow Israelis (e.g., Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin), the book also is a useful introduction to the heat that history and historiographical disputes generate in contemporary Israel. Michael C. Hickey Bloomsburg University Wirtschaftsgeschichte der mittelalterlichen Juden: Fragen und Einschätzungen, edited by Michael Toch. Schriften des Historischen Kollegs, Kolloquien 71. Munich: R. Oldenbourg Verlag, 2008. 218 + ix pp. 49.80. This volume seeks to reevaluate the economic history of medieval Jews by integrating general economic history and Jewish history, with particular attention to the Hebrew sources often ignored in this context. Noting that the economic history of the Jews has served in polemical and apologetic capacities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Michael Toch argues that the economic
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies – Purdue University Press
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