In and out of the Ghetto: Jewish-Gentile Relations in Late Medieval and Early Modern Germany

In and out of the Ghetto: Jewish-Gentile Relations in Late Medieval and Early Modern Germany

by R. Po-Chia Hsia
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521470641

ISBN-13: 9780521470643

Pub. Date: 09/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The essays examine the role of economics, politics, social organization, language, and religion in the relations between Jews and non-Jews in central Europe from the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries. The authors grapple with such relevant issues as cultural identity, representation, toleration, and minority-majority relations. Individually, the essays probe the…  See more details below

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The essays examine the role of economics, politics, social organization, language, and religion in the relations between Jews and non-Jews in central Europe from the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries. The authors grapple with such relevant issues as cultural identity, representation, toleration, and minority-majority relations. Individually, the essays probe the central questions of Jewish social, economic, and cultural development within the territorial states, secular and clerical, and in both rural and urban environments. Collectively, they focus more attention on the period before the emancipation of the nineteenth century and the destruction of German Jewry in the middle of the twentieth, emphasizing both continuities and discontinuities in the history of Jews in Germany.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521470643
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Series:
Publications of the German Historical Institute Series
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Prefaces
List of Contributors
Reflecting on German-Jewish History1
1The Jewish Quarters in German Towns during the Late Middle Ages13
2Organizational Forms of Jewish Popular Culture since the Middle Ages29
3Criminality and Punishment of the Jews in the Early Modern Period49
4Jews and Gentiles in the Holy Roman Empire - A Comment71
5Aspects of Stratification of Early Modern German Jewry: Population History and Village Jews77
6Jewish Economic Activity in Early Modern Times91
7Comparative Perspectives on Economy and Society: The Jews of the Polish Commonwealth - A Comment103
8Languages in Contact: The Case of Rotwelsch and the Two "Yiddishes"109
9Meeting on the Road: Encounters between German Jews and Christians on the Margins of Society125
10Contacts at the Bedside: Jewish Physicians and Their Christian Patients137
11Contacts and Relations in the Pre-Emancipation Period - A Comment151
12The Usurious Jew: Economic Structure and Religious Representations in an Anti-Semitic Discourse161
13Imagining the Jew: The Late Medieval Eucharistic Discourse177
14Representations of German Jewry: Images, Prejudices, Ideas - A Comment209
15German Territorial Princes and the Jews215
16Jews in Ecclesiastical Territories of the Holy Roman Empire247
17Jews in the Imperial Cities: A Political Perspective275
18Germans with a Difference? The Jews of the Holy Roman Empire during the Early Modern Era - A Comment289
19Germany and Its Jews: A Changing Relationship (1300-1800)295
20The Jewish Minority and the Christian Majority in Early Modern Central Europe305
21The Jews of the Netherlands in the Early Modern Period311
22Jewish Identity in a World of Corporations and Estates317
Index321

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