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The Oxford handbook of Holocaust studies [electronic resource] /
edited by Peter Hayes and John K. Roth.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
description
776 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0199211868 (hardback), 9780199211869 (hardback)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
isbn
0199211868 (hardback)
9780199211869 (hardback)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Introduction / Peter Hayes, John K. Roth -- Enablers. Antisemitism / Richard S. Levy -- Science / Patricia Heberer -- Nationalism / Eric D. Weitz -- Colonialism / A. Dirk Moses -- Fascism / Philip Morgan -- World Wars / Doris L. Bergen -- Protagonists. Hitler and Himmler / Alan E. Steinweis -- Problem solvers / Christopher R. Browning -- Killers / Edward B. Westermann -- On-lookers / Paul A. Levine -- Rescuers / Deborah Dwork -- Jews / Dan Michman -- Women / Lenore J. Weitzman -- Children / Nicholas Stargardt -- Catholics / Kevin P. Spicer -- Protestants / Robert P. Ericksen -- Allies / Shlomo Aronson -- Gypsies, homosexuals, and Slavs / John Connelly -- Settings. Greater Germany / Wolf Gruner -- Living space / Wendy Lower -- Occupied and satellite states / Radu Ioanid -- Ghettos / Martin C. Dean -- Labor sites / Mark Spoerer -- Camps / Karin Orth -- Representations. German documents and diaries / Peter Fritzsche -- Jews' diaries and chronicles / Amos Goldberg -- Survivors' accounts / Henry Greenspan -- Literature / Sara R. Horowitz -- Film / Lawrence Baron -- Art / Dora Apel -- Music / Bret Werb -- Memorials and museums / James E. Young -- Aftereffects. Liberation and dispersal / Arieh J. Kochavi -- Punishment / Rebecca Wittman -- Plunder and restitution / Peter Hayes -- Denial / Deborah E. Lipstadt -- Israel / Boaz Cohen -- Jewish culture / Jeffrey Shandler -- Judaism / Michael Berenbaum -- Christianity / Stephen R. Haynes -- Germany / Jeffrey Herf -- Europe / Jan-Werner Muller -- Social sciences / James E. Waller -- Humanities / Berel Lang -- Education / Simone Schweber -- Human rights law / David H. Jones -- Ethics / John K. Roth -- Epilogue / Peter Hayes, John K. Roth.
abstract
Few scholarly fields have developed in recent decades as rapidly and vigorously as Holocaust Studies. At the start of the twenty-first century, the persecution and murder perpetrated by the Nazi regime have become the subjects of an enormous literature in multiple academic disciplines and a touchstone of public and intellectual discourse in such diverse fields as politics, ethics and religion. Forward-looking and multi-disciplinary, this handbook draws on the work of an international team of forty-seven outstanding scholars. The handbook is thematically divided into five broad sections. Part One, Enablers, concentrates on the broad and necessary contextual conditions for the Holocaust. Part Two, Protagonists, concentrates on the principal persons and groups involved in the Holocaust and attempts to disaggregate the conventional interpretive categories of perpetrator, victim, and bystander. It examines the agency of the Nazi leaders and killers and of those involved in resisting and surviving the assault. Part Three, Settings, concentrates on the particular places, sites, and physical circumstances where the actions of the Holocaust's protagonists and the forms of persecution were literally grounded. Part Four, Representations, engages complex questions about how the Holocaust can and should be grasped and what meaning or lack of meaning might be attributed to events through historical analysis, interpretation of texts, artistic creation and criticism, and philosophical and religious reflection. Part Five, Aftereffects, explores the Holocaust's impact on politics and ethics, education and religion, national identities and international relations, the prospects for genocide prevention, and the defense of human rights. - Publisher.
catalogue key
8021781
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-05-01:
The recent proliferation of Holocaust-related reference tools testifies to a growing recognition that the Holocaust (sometimes coupled with genocide) now provides a foundation on which to build a distinct discipline. This new handbook, a tour de force scrupulously compiled by two acclaimed scholars, features 47 distinct essays under the broad headings "Enablers," "Protagonists," "Settings," "Representations," and "Aftereffects.. It should enlighten, fulfill, sometimes annoy, but always reward those turning to it for knowledge and understanding. The editors identify three criteria for contributors. First, all represent the second and third generations of Holocaust scholars. One looks in vain for such names as Yehuda Bauer, Henry Friedlander, Saul Friedlander, Raul Hilberg, and Gerhard Weinberg, though their shadows loom over the entire work, and their books appear in several of the bibliographies. The editors, both second-generation Holocaust scholars, consciously aim for a tool reflecting a now-evolving discipline. Second, whereas the handbook's framework is appropriately historical, the editors approach the Holocaust via an array of disciplines--e.g., art, film, religious studies, psychology, literature, and music. Finally, they devote significant space to the Holocaust's aftermath, including topics ranging from "Liberation" and "Punishment" to "Education" and "Human Rights Law."Although this work leaves little room for improvement, an essay focused on the near-seismic shift transpiring in people's understanding of the killing--based on the work of Timothy Snyder, Wendy Lower, Patrick Desbois, and others--would be useful. Additionally, an essay labeled "Controversies" seems appropriate. Although topics such as the Goldhagen controversy, intentionalists/funtionalists, refugee policy, and the bombing of Auschwitz are embedded in various essays and may be found via the excellent index, the polemics these topics generate, which sometimes seem to rival those associated with denial ("Denial" is an included essay), warrant distinct attention. Quibbles aside, this is a magnificent reference tool. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. C. P. Vincent Keene State College
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an excellent reference work and more. It contains broad implications for the understanding of genocide as such while emphasizing the Holocausts uniqueness. As important, however, is the Handbooks broad thematic and interdisciplinary approach, which encourages all Holocaust scholars to rethink constantly the paradigmatic and disciplinary barriers that tend to compartmentalize the academic world more generally.
a pioneering achievement which sets the standard for future such handbooks by capturing the current major debates of the field in an incisive and insightful way.
"Oxford University Press promised that this disciplinaryHandbookwould both exhibit the diversity of approaches to Holocaust studies and testify to the field's complexity. TheHandbooklargely realizes its promise and accomplishes its purposes...theHandbookprovides a valuable introduction to Holocaust studies as a discipline."--The Journal of Religion
To capture the current state of the field, the editors invited contributions from Holocaust scholars of the second and third generations - a decision that pays off handsomely ... It should be purchased by every university library in institutions where courses on the Holocaust are taught.
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Summaries
Main Description
Few scholarly fields have developed in recent decades as rapidly and vigorously as Holocaust Studies. At the start of the twenty-first century, the persecution and murder perpetrated by the Nazi regime have become the subjects of an enormous literature in multiple academic disciplines and a touchstone of public and intellectual discourse in such diverse fields as politics, ethics and religion. Forward-looking and multi-disciplinary, this handbook draws on the work of an international team of forty-seven outstanding scholars. The handbook is thematically divided into five broad sections. Part One,Enablers, concentrates on the broad and necessary contextual conditions for the Holocaust. Part Two,Protagonists, concentrates on the principal persons and groups involved in the Holocaust and attempts to disaggregate the conventional interpretive categories of perpetrator, victim, and bystander. It examines the agency of the Nazi leaders and killers and of those involved in resisting and surviving the assault. Part Three,Settings, concentrates on the particular places, sites, and physical circumstances where the actions of the Holocaust's protagonists and the forms of persecution were literally grounded. Part Four,Representations, engages complex questions about how the Holocaust can and should be grasped and what meaning or lack of meaning might be attributed to events through historical analysis, interpretation of texts, artistic creation and criticism, and philosophical and religious reflection. Part Five,Aftereffects, explores the Holocaust's impact on politics and ethics, education and religion, national identities and international relations, the prospects for genocide prevention, and the defense of human rights.
Long Description
Few scholarly fields have developed in recent decades as rapidly and vigorously as Holocaust Studies. At the start of the twenty-first century, the persecution and murder perpetrated by the Nazi regime have become the subjects of an enormous literature in multiple academic disciplines and a touchstone of public and intellectual discourse in such diverse fields as politics, ethics and religion. Forward-looking and multi-disciplinary, this handbook draws on the work of aninternational team of forty-seven outstanding scholars.The handbook is thematically divided into five broad sections. Part One, Enablers, concentrates on the broad and necessary contextual conditions for the Holocaust. Part Two, Protagonists, concentrates on the principal persons and groups involved in the Holocaust and attempts to disaggregate the conventional interpretive categories of perpetrator, victim, and bystander. It examines the agency of the Nazi leaders and killers and of those involved in resisting and surviving theassault. Part Three, Settings, concentrates on the particular places, sites, and physical circumstances where the actions of the Holocaust's protagonists and the forms of persecution were literally grounded. Part Four, Representations, engages complex questions about how the Holocaust can and should be grasped and whatmeaning or lack of meaning might be attributed to events through historical analysis, interpretation of texts, artistic creation and criticism, and philosophical and religious reflection. Part Five, Aftereffects, explores the Holocaust's impact on politics and ethics, education and religion, national identities and international relations, the prospects for genocide prevention, and the defense of human rights.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Few scholarly fields have developed in recent decades as rapidly and vigorously as Holocaust Studies. The persecution and murder perpetrated by the Nazi regime have become the subject of an enormous literature in multiple academic disciplines. 47 contributors debate the key issues at the start of the 21st century.

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