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Jews in Poland-Lithuania in the Eighteenth Century: A Genealogy of Modernity / Edition 1
     

Jews in Poland-Lithuania in the Eighteenth Century: A Genealogy of Modernity / Edition 1

by Gershon David Hundert
 

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ISBN-10: 0520249941

ISBN-13: 9780520249943

Pub. Date: 08/16/2006

Publisher: University of California Press


Missing from most accounts of the modern history of Jews in Europe is the experience of what was once the largest Jewish community in the world—an oversight that Gershon David Hundert corrects in this history of Eastern European Jews in the eighteenth century.

The experience of eighteenth-century Jews in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth did not fit the

Overview


Missing from most accounts of the modern history of Jews in Europe is the experience of what was once the largest Jewish community in the world—an oversight that Gershon David Hundert corrects in this history of Eastern European Jews in the eighteenth century.

The experience of eighteenth-century Jews in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth did not fit the pattern of integration and universalization—in short, of westernization—that historians tend to place at the origins of Jewish modernity. Hundert puts this experience, that of the majority of the Jewish people, at the center of his history. He focuses on the relations of Jews with the state and their role in the economy, and on more "internal" developments such as the popularization of the Kabbalah and the rise of Hasidism. Thus he describes the elements of Jewish experience that became the basis for a "core Jewish identity"—an identity that accompanied the majority of Jews into modernity.

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ISBN-13:
9780520249943
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/16/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
307
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents


List of Maps
List of Tables
Preface
A Note on Place-Names and Transliteration
List of Abbreviations

Introduction
1. The Largest Jewish Community in the World
2. Economic Integration
3. The Polish Church and Jews, Polish Jews and the Church
4. The Community
5. Was There a Communal "Crisis" in the Eighteenth Century?
6. The Popularization of Kabbalah
7. Mystic Ascetics and Religious Radicals
8. The Contexts of Hasidism
9. Hasidism, a New Path
10. Jews and the Sejm
Afterword

Select Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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