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When May We Kill Our Brethren? Jews at War in Europe 1848-1918

The Henry Schwartzman Endowed Faculty Seminar
Derek Penslar, Samuel Zacks Professor of Jewish History, University of Toronto

Tuesday, February 22, 11:00 – 12:30 p.m., Bildner Center, 12 College Avenue
(Light lunch will be served)

In the nineteenth century, newly-inducted Jewish soldiers were confronted by the tension between their patriotic inclinations and their transnational attachments to Jews in the lands of their country's enemies. This seminar will examine the conundrum faced by Jewish soldiers as they met other Jews across European and American battlefields from the Revolutions of 1848, in the American Civil War, during the Franco-Prussian War, and up until World War I.

Penslar’s publications focus on modern European Jewry, the history of the Zionist movement, and the state of Israel. His books include Contemporary Antisemitism: Canada and the World (2005), co-edited with Michael Marrus and Janice Gross Stein, and Israel in History: The Jewish State in Comparative Perspective (2006). Penslar is currently writing a book, under contract with Princeton University Press, entitled Jews, War and the Military in Modern History.

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