Michael A. Meyer is professor Jewish History at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.
Where Does the Period of Modern Jewish History Begin?
The article was originally a lecture at the Spertus College in Chicago.
For the first time it was published in Judaism Vol. 24 No. 3 (Summer 1975) pp. 329-338.
The article you can read here (pdf) is from Jewish Ideas Daily, 18 February 2013.
About this – in the mean time – classical article of prof. Michael Meyer was a lot af debate. A few years ago David Myers en David Ruderman, among others, published contemplations on it. And Moshe Rosman asks the question where the post-modern period of Jewish history exactly starts.