Derek J. Penslar is a Professor of Jewish History and the Director of the University of Toronto’s Jewish Studies Program., St. George Campus at the University of Toronto. His publications focus on Jewish political, economic, and cultural life in modern Europe, particularly Germany, and on the history of the Zionist movement and state of Israel. His books include Zionism and Technocracy: The Engineering of Jewish Settlement in Palestine, 1870-1918 (1991, Hebrew version 2001); In Search of Jewish Community: Jewish Identities in Germany and Austria, 1918-1933 (1998, co-edited with Michael Brenner). His current projects include a book on Jewish attitudes towards war and the military in modern history and a documentary history of Zionism. He is co-editor of Jewish Social Studies and of The Journal of Israeli History.

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