The end of Jewish history?

Nearly a decade has passed since Francis Fukuyama announced that we had reached the ‘end of history’.1 His message struck a chord with many because it seemed at that time that, with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the apparent triumph of economic and political liberal- ism, more than an era had come to an end. History as an epic or meta- narrative of struggle between the great contending ideas of communism and capitalism appeared to have reached some kind of resolution. Since the histor- ical train had reached its terminus, its destination indicator was taken down and history was left without a theme, without a purpose and without an end in view. Perhaps all that was now left for the historian was to be a chronicler rather than a grand interpreter of the direction of civilization.

For the historian of the Jews,

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