WASSERSTEIN, BERNARD (1948– ), British historian. Born in London and educated at Oxford University, Wasserstein taught at Brandeis and Glasgow Universities and was president of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies from 1996 to 2000. In 2003 he became professor of history at the University of Chicago. Wasserstein has written prolifically on modern Jewish history in such works as The British in Palestine (1978), Britain and the Jews of Europe, 1939–1945 (1979), The Secret Life of Trebitsch Lincoln (1989), Vanishing Diaspora (1996), and Divided Jerusalem: The Quest for the Holy City (2001). In 2000–2 he was president of the Jewish Historical Society of England.
[William D. Rubinstein (2nd ed.)]