Early Modern Jewry A New Cultural History

ISBN-10: 0691152888

ISBN-13: 9780691152882

Edition: 2011

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Description: Early Modern Jewryboldly offers a new history of the early modern Jewish experience. From Krakow and Venice to Amsterdam and Smyrna, David Ruderman examines the historical and cultural factors unique to Jewish communities throughout Europe, and how these distinctions played out amidst the rest of society. Looking at how Jewish settlements in the early modern period were linked to one another in fascinating ways, he shows how Jews were communicating with each other and were more aware of their economic, social, and religious connections than ever before.Ruderman explores five crucial and powerful characteristics uniting Jewish communities: a mobility leading to enhanced contacts between Jews of differing backgrounds, traditions, and languages, as well as between Jews and non-Jews; a heightened sense of communal cohesion throughout all Jewish settlements that revealed the rising power of lay oligarchies; a knowledge explosion brought about by the printing press, the growing interest in Jewish books by Christian readers, an expanded curriculum of Jewish learning, and the entrance of Jewish elites into universities; a crisis of rabbinic authority expressed through active messianism, mystical prophecy, radical enthusiasm, and heresy; and the blurring of religious identities, impacting such groups as conversos, Sabbateans, individual converts to Christianity, and Christian Hebraists.In describing an early modern Jewish culture,Early Modern Jewryreconstructs a distinct epoch in history and provides essential background for understanding the modern Jewish experience.

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List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/25/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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Introduction
Jews on the Move
The Mobility of Europeans and Other Peoples in the Early Modern Period
Jewish Migration to Italy and the Ottoman Empire
Jewish Migration to Eastern Europe
Converso Migration
The Social Consequences of Jewish Mobility
Did Jewish Mobility Engender Cultural Productivity?
Communal Cohesion
Italian Communal Developments
Converso Communal Organizations: Leghorn and Amsterdam
Jewish Communal Organization in Germanic Lands
The Jewish Community under Ottoman Rule
Jewish Self-Government in Eastern Europe
Some Comparative Observations
Knowledge Explosion
The Printed Book and the Creation of a Connected Jewish Culture
Further Consequences of the Printing of Jewish Books
Christian Hebraists and Their Judaic Publications
The Expansion of Cultural Horizons
Jewish Medical Students at the University
Crisis of Rabbinic Authority
Locating the Beginnings of a Jewish Crisis in the Seventeenth Century
The Sabbatean Turmoil of the Eighteenth Century
Sabbateanism and the Birth of �Orthodoxy� in the Eighteenth Century
Sabbateanism and the Other Crises of Early Modernity: Some Tentative Conclusions
Mingled Identities
The Ambiguity of Converso Lives
Sabbatean Syncretism
The Conflicting Loyalties of Christian Hebraists
The Mediating Roles of Jewish Converts to Christianity
Jewish Christians and Christian Jews
Toward Modernity Some Final Thoughts
When Does the Early Modern Period Begin and When Does It End?
Early Haskalah, Early Modernity, and Haskalah Reconsidered
Viewing the Modern Era in the Light of the Early Modern
Appendix: Historiographical Reflections
Jonathan Israel's Interpretation of Early Modern Jewish Culture
Jewish Historians on the Early Modern Period
Early Modernity in European and World Historiography
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography of Secondary Works
Index
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