Skip to content | Change text size

JWC3425 - On the Edge of Destruction: Polish Jewry Between the Two World Wars

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Paul Forgasz


Not offered in 2007


As for JWC2425


Upon successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. an ability to locate the development of Jewish life during the interwar period in the context of the wider historical setting
  2. an understanding of the structure of power and authority within the interwar Polish Jewish community
  3. an ability to describe and analyse the diversity of Jewish communal life and cultural expression in interwar Poland
  4. a capacity to discuss the development of Yiddish as a literary and cultural phenomenon in the context of the interwar period
  5. an understanding of the impact of ideology on the social, political , economic and intellectual life of the inter-war community
  6. a capacity to explain the operation of gender and class within the social and economic framework of the interwar community
  7. an appreciation of the historiographical problems involved in the use of both historical and literary sources to reconstruct a history of the period


Research essay 2000 words: 40%
An historiographical exercise1000 words: 20%
Examination 90 minutes (1500 words equivalent): 30%
Seminar preparation and participation:10%
Students taking the subject at Level 3 will be expected to demonstrate more sophisticated analytical skills and submit work incorporating a higher level of competence in independent reading and research.

Contact hours

1 hour lecture and 1.5 hour seminar per week


JWC2425, HSY2425, HSY3425