The Berlin Jewish Community: Enlightenment, Family and Crisis, 1770-1830

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The Berlin Jewish community was both the pioneer in intellectual modernization and the first to experience a crisis of modernity. This original and imaginative book connects intellectual and political transformation with the social structures and daily activities of the Jewish community. Steven M. Lowenstein has used extraordinarily rich documentation about the life of Berlin Jewry in the period and assembled a collective biography of the entire community of Berlin Jews. He has examined tax lists, subscription ...

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Overview

The Berlin Jewish community was both the pioneer in intellectual modernization and the first to experience a crisis of modernity. This original and imaginative book connects intellectual and political transformation with the social structures and daily activities of the Jewish community. Steven M. Lowenstein has used extraordinarily rich documentation about the life of Berlin Jewry in the period and assembled a collective biography of the entire community of Berlin Jews. He has examined tax lists, subscription lists, genealogical records, and address lists as well as kosher meat accounts to give us a vivid picture of daily life. On another level in detailing the complexity of Jewish life in Berlin during this period, this book illuminates the connections between the "peaceful stage" of enlightenment and the crisis that followed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195083262
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Series: Studies in Jewish History Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Berlin Before Modernity 1
1 The Crisis of Berlin Jewry: Introduction to the Problem 3
2 A Traditional Jewish Community: Berlin Jewry Before the Changes 10
Pt. II The Stage of "Peaceful Modernization" 23
3 The Seven Years War 1756-1763 and the Emergence of a New Economic Elite 25
4 The Intellectuals of the Berlin Haskala 33
5 The Lifestyle of Modernizing Berlin Jews 43
6 Those Outside the Modernizing Groups: Poor Jews and Orthodox Jews in Berlin 55
Pt. III The Crisis of Berlin Jewry 69
7 The Struggle for Emancipation and Its Radicalizing Impact 75
8 Intellectual Radicalization and Economic Crisis 89
9 The Salons 104
10 The Crisis: Illegitimacy and Family Breakdown 111
11 The Crisis - Conversion: Its Scope and Characteristics 120
12 Religious Reform: An Attempt to Deal with the Crisis 134
Pt. IV The Social Analysis of the Crisis and Its Connection to the Enlightenment 149
13 Family, Ideology, and Crisis: The Personal Connections Between the Enlightened and the Converts 151
14 Was the Experience of Women Different from Men's Experience? 162
15 The Aftermath of the Crisis: Berlin Jewry After 1823 177
Pt. V Conclusion 183
Notes 197
Bibliography 277
Index 284
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