Out of the Ghetto: The Social Background of Jewish Emancipation, 1770-1870

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Out of the Ghetto is an account of the developing interrelationship between the Jews and their Gentile environment unique in its breadth and objectivity. He presents the story of the Jewish emancipation process as a whole, from both Jewish and non-Jewish points of view. If the results of the Jewish emancipation process differed from country to country, to forces effecting the changes were identical -- the upheaval of the French Revolution, the loosening of bonds between church and state, and the ides of the Enlightenment. It was those humanistic ideas which made possible the Jew's transition from the ghetto to partial inclusion in society at large and which attracted Jewish intellectuals to the "secular knowledge" of languages, mathematics philosophy, and the wider world beyond their ancient learning.
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Reprint of a 1973 work (Harvard U. Press). Studies the process by which the Jews, isolated in ghettos on the fringe of society until well near the end of the 18th century, made their first steps toward integrating into the mainstream of European life. Argues that the French Revolution, the loosening of bonds between church and state, and the ideals of the enlightenment made possible the Jew's transition from the ghetto to partial inclusion in society at large; during this transition, Jewish intellectuals were attracted to the "secular knowledge" of languages, mathematics, philosophy, and the wider world beyond their ancient learning. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815605324
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Modern Jewish History Series
  • Edition description: Syracuse University Press Edition
  • Pages: 271
  • Lexile: 1510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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