Jews in Poland-Lithuania in the Eighteenth Century A Genealogy of Modernity

ISBN-10: 0520249941
ISBN-13: 9780520249943
Edition: 2004
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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 305
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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.

List of Maps
List of Tables
Preface A Note on Place-Names and Transliteration
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
The Largest Jewish Community in the World
Economic Integration
The Polish Church and Jews, Polish Jews and the Church
The Community
Was There a Communal "Crisis" in the Eighteenth Century?
The Popularization of Kabbalah
Mystic Ascetics and Religious Radicals
The Contexts of Hasidism
Hasidism, a New Path
Jews and the Sejm Afterword
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgmen

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