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graphic testimony to the immense scope o f the field and to the
complexity that dictates specialized research. At the same time,
the sponsoring o f such research under one roof underscores the
basic understanding that specialization is most fruitful when
undertaken in an interdisciplinary environment. The central
theme o f the changes brought about by Zionism, the Holocaust,
and demographic processes (including migration) cuts across
both subject-oriented and area studies, and is reflected in every
publication surveyed here. Indeed, the very concept o f “Contem­
porary Jewry” as a separate field o f inquiry is based on the pur­
suit o f central themes in a diversity o f contexts.