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The Menahem Stern Jerusalem Lectures

Senior Editor: Yosef Kaplan, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Since 1993, the Historical Society of Israel has been hosting an annual series of lectures in memory of Menahem Stern. Focusing on history, the lectures have been given special status by their depth and breadth of focus, and by their availability as a series of publications.


Altered Pasts
Counterfactuals in History
A thought-provoking survey and critique of “what-if?” history
Evans, Richard J.

Civil Society and Dictatorship in Modern German History

A consideration of twentieth-century German social history and the legacies of the two dictatorships
Kocka, Jürgen

Early Modern European Civilization and Its Political and Cultural Dynamism

A discussion of the author’s confessionalization paradigm as a model for understanding European state formation
Schilling, Heinz

Empires in Collision in Late Antiquity

Political and military developments in the Arabian Peninsula on the eve of Islam
Bowersock, G. W.

Ethics through Literature
Ascetic and Aesthetic Reading in Western Culture
An investigation into the relationship between ethics, reading, and the creative imagination in Western culture
Stock, Brian

History, Rhetoric, and Proof

One of the world's leading historians delivers a pathbreaking analysis of truth and rhetoric in the writing of history.
Ginzburg, Carlo

Language and Power in the Early Middle Ages

Language and ideology in the scholarship of the late Middle Ages
Geary, Patrick J.

The Nation in History
Historiographical Debates about Ethnicity and Nationalism
An expert analyzes the major debates between historians and social scientists on the nature and development of ethnic communities, nations, and nationalism.
Smith, Anthony D.

Poverty and Leadership in the Later Roman Empire

A preeminent classical scholar on the emergence of one of our most familiar social divisions.
Brown, Peter

Religion in China and Its Modern Fate

Katz, Paul R.

The Roman Republic in Political Thought

An experienced scholar explains why the legendary early Republic, rather than the historical Republic of Cicero, has most influenced later political thought.
Millar, Fergus

Three Ways to Be Alien
Travails and Encounters in the Early Modern World
A study of individual trajectories in an early modern global context
Subrahmanyam, Sanjay