Bernard Wasserstein
Bernard Wasserstein is a professor
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 of history
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. Wasserstein was born in London, and educated at the High School of Glasgow
High School of Glasgow
The High School of Glasgow is an independent, co-educational day school in Glasgow, Scotland. Founded as the Choir School of Glasgow Cathedral in around 1124, it is the oldest school in Scotland, and the twelfth oldest in the United Kingdom. It remained part of the Church as the city's grammar...

 and at Wyggeston Boys' Grammar School
Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College
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, Leicester
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. He gained a BA in Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford University in 1969.

Wasserstein's main area of interest is Jewish history
Jewish history
Jewish history is the history of the Jews, their religion and culture, as it developed and interacted with other peoples, religions and cultures. Since Jewish history is over 4000 years long and includes hundreds of different populations, any treatment can only be provided in broad strokes...

. His current areas of research involves three projects: first, a study of European Jewish intellectuals in the period after 1945; secondly, a book on the Jews in Europe on the eve of the Second World War; and thirdly, a micro-historical study of the relations of Jews with their neighbours in a small Polish town, Krakowiec, over the period 1772 to 1946.

Wasserstein currently teaches at the University of Chicago
University of Chicago
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, but has taught previously at the University of Glasgow
University of Glasgow
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, Smith College
Smith College
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, Brandeis University
Brandeis University
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 and Oxford University. Wasserstein's first teacher was Anna Freud
Anna Freud
Anna Freud was the sixth and last child of Sigmund and Martha Freud. Born in Vienna, she followed the path of her father and contributed to the newly born field of psychoanalysis...


Selected work

  • 1978 The British in Palestine: The Mandatory Government and the Arab-Jewish Conflict, analysing the first decade of the Palestine Mandate.
  • 1979 Britain and the Jews of Europe, 1939-1945, examining the British record in relation to the Jewish genocide in Europe, focussing on British receptivity to Jewish immigration to the UK, to the Empire, and to Palestine, on British policy regarding relief supplies sent through the economic blockade to Nazi Europe, and on official reaction to proposals for the bombing of Auschwitz and for aid to Jewish resistance in occupied Europe.
  • 1985 (edited with Frances Malino) The Jews in Modern France
  • 1988 The Secret Lives of Trebitsch Lincoln (Yale University Press
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    , ISBN 0300040768), a 327-page biography of Trebitsch Lincoln
    Trebitsch Lincoln
    Ignatius Timothy Trebitsch-Lincoln a Hungarian Jewish adventurer who spent parts of his life as a Protestant missionary, Anglican priest, British Member of Parliament for Darlington, German right-wing politician and spy, and Buddhist abbot in China....

    . Wasserstein describes this as 'an experiment in biography'.
  • 1992 Herbert Samuel: A Political Life, a political biography of the First High Commissioner under the British Mandate in Palestine and the successor to Lloyd George as leader of the British Liberal Party.
  • 1996 Vanishing Diaspora: The Jews in Europe since 1945 proposed a radical reassessment of post-Hitler European Jewry; the picture of demographic decline, social disintegration, and cultural dissolution provoked considerable debate.
  • In 1997, Bernard and his brother David wrote an article (available here questioning the authenticity of City of Light, a book that purported to be an account translated by David Selbourne
    David Selbourne
    David Selbourne is a British political philosopher, social commentator and historian of ideas. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School, and Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied Jurisprudence, held the Winter Williams Law Scholarship, and was awarded a Paton Studentship and the Jenkins...

     of the voyage by Italian Jacob D'Ancona to 13th Century China, years before Marco Polo
    Marco Polo
    Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant traveler from the Venetian Republic whose travels are recorded in Il Milione, a book which did much to introduce Europeans to Central Asia and China. He learned about trading whilst his father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo, travelled through Asia and apparently...

  • 1999 Secret War in Shanghai is an account of the rivalries of the great powers in North China during World War II, and was partly based, like the biography of Trebitsch Lincoln, on the archive of the British-controlled Shanghai Municipal Police Special Branch. This evoked some critical reactions on account of its portrait of widespread collaborationism among the foreign communities (including the British and the Americans) in Shanghai.
  • 2001 Divided Jerusalem: Struggle for the Holy City returned to Wasserstein's earlier interest in the Arab-Israeli conflict. The book surveys the diplomatic history of the Jerusalem question over the past two hundred years, with a close focus on the period since 1967. The book emphasizes the historic roots of the current divisions in the city and the exploitation of religious devotion to the city by politicians of all three monotheistic faiths.
  • 2003 Israelis and Palestinians: Why Do They Fight? Can They Stop? (Yale University Press) looks at the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
    Israeli-Palestinian conflict
    The Israeli–Palestinian conflict is the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The conflict is wide-ranging, and the term is also used in reference to the earlier phases of the same conflict, between Jewish and Zionist yishuv and the Arab population living in Palestine under Ottoman or...

     in five chapters: People, Society, Environment, Territory, and Dynamics of Political Change. It focuses in particular on demography, social relations (especially the labour market), and environmental pressures, showing how these have shaped and continue to shape the nature of Israeli-Palestinian relations.
  • 2007 Barbarism and Civilization: A History of Europe in Our Time (Oxford University Press
    Oxford University Press
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    ) is a general history of the continent since 1914.


  • Referring to the Muslim
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     attitude towards Jerusalem in the 10th-12th centuries: "as so often in the history of Jerusalem, heightened religious fervour may be explained in large measure by political necessity." (Divided Jerusalem, p11)

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