The Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook 2016 features two thematic sections, which, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the State of Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany, approach key stages in Jewish and Israeli diplomatic history from different perspectives.
The first section focuses on the formation of the modern European system of states from the nineteenth century onward, and the major concerns it raised for European Jewries. It reveals how Jewish protagonists developed solutions to questions of citizenship, emancipation, minority protection and humanitarian intervention generated by debates on international politics at the time.
The contributions of the second thematic section are devoted to a particularly fraught case of international cooperation, German-Israeli scientific exchange from 1959 onward, highlighting above all its contradictions and asynchronies. They explore to what extent the two countries built upon previous traditions of German-Jewish intellectual life, now reshaped by the rupture of civilization of the Holocaust.
The Yearbook's general and special sections contain articles on the history of political ideas, the theory of nationalism, state-building and the minority question, as well as on the Buber-Scholem controversy and German-Jewish postwar history.
With contributions by Irene Aue-Ben-David (Jerusalem), Ari Barell (Beer Sheva), Israel Bartal (Jerusalem), David Biale (Davis, Calif.), Ute Deichmann (Beer Sheva/Köln), Jörg Deventer (Leipzig), David Engel (New York), Lutz Fiedler (Jerusalem), Carol Fink (Columbus, Oh.), Elisabeth Gallas (Leipzig), Philipp Graf (Leipzig), Atina Grossmann (New York), Jenny Hestermann (Frankfurt am Main), Brian Horowitz (New Orleans, La.), Markus Kirchhoff (Leipzig), Magnus Klaue (Leipzig), Nathan Kurz (London), Cecile E. Kuznitz (Annandale-on-Hudson, N. Y.), Lisa Moses Leff (Washington, D. C.), Sharon Livne (Haifa), James Loeffler (Charlottesville, Vir.), Amos Morris-Reich (Haifa), Gil Rubin (New York), Miriam Rürup (Hamburg), Yonatan Shiloh-Dayan (Jerusalem), Brian M. Smollett (New York), Roni Stauber (Tel Aviv), Carsten L. Wilke (Budapest).