The Department of History
The History Department is among the oldest and largest at the Hebrew University. The department's legacy was founded on the basis of the belief that all human actions in the past are important and worthy of reflection and understanding. Understanding the past gives us the tools not only to find our bearings in the present, but also a methodological system with which to gaze into the future.
The Department of History aims first and foremost to give its students tools that will enable them to take part in a historical, intellectual and cultural discourse and train them so that they may become professional historians.
The curriculum for B.A. students is based on a division into two periods: Pre-Modern and Modern. The department focuses on European history, but keeps a broad perspective.
The staff at the History Department offers students a broad spectrum of different approaches, both in terms of teaching methods and in terms of fields of research; among them are political, social and economic history, gender issues, daily lives, and the history of minorities, history captured through photography and film and more.
The History department encourages ambition and excellence, and students who excel receive prizes and scholarships for their efforts. Personal programs with a special curriculum can also be planned for students with exceptionally high grades. The best students are encouraged to apply, after the first year, to the School of History's program for outstanding students.
Topics Taught at the Department
Greek History and Historiography Athenian Democracy, Religion and Ritual in Classical Greece The Roman Republic, Politics, Government and Society The Roman Empire: Administration and Government, Papyrology of the Judean Desert Economical History of the Middle Ages History of Europe in the Middle Ages History of Feelings and Emotions The Crusades and Military History Religious History of the Middle Ages
Modern Philosophy and History History of Gender and Sexuality Religious and Cultural History of the Early Modern Period Cultural and Intellectual History of the 19th and 20th Centuries Modern Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust Military History and Strategy History of Modern Germany France: Culture and Society in the Early Modern Period History of Modern Britain Jews and Christians in Early Modern Europe The Reformations of the Sixteenth Century History of the Soviet Union and Modern Russia History of the Social Sciences
Head of the Department: Prof. Moshe Sluhovsky
Administrative Manager: Sara Parnasa
Telephone: (972) – 2 - 5883764