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European Jewry in the Age of Mercantilism 1550–1750$
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Jonathan I. Israel

Print publication date: 1985

Print ISBN-13: 9780198219286

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198219286.001.0001

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European Jewry in the Age of Mercantilism 1550–1750


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The early modern period in the context of Jewish history is often regarded by several authors as an extension of the Middle Ages, without considering that this may comprise an entirely new era in itself albeit that there may be numerous indications that there is indeed a distinction between the western Jewry consciousness across the two eras. After this, oppressed people underwent virtual elimination during the fifteenth and part of the sixteenth century in Europe, a new trend which suggests that reintegration was established around 1570 in Poland. In this, we witness substantial changes in the functions and status of the Jews. This book attempts to look into how both spiritual and political upheavals, which became widespread in European culture, aided in the uprising and transformation of Jewish life.

Keywords:   early modern period, Jewish history, political upheaval, spiritual upheaval, Jewry

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