The Making of Western Jewry, 1600-1819

Paperback | January 9, 2007

byLionel Kochan

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In a broad sweep from Central Europe to Ireland and from the Sixteenth to the early Nineteenth-century, this work puts the Jewish community and its rabbinic and 'lay' leaders at the centre of Jewish history. Of surpassing value is Kochan's treatment of the community not only as a religious but also as a political unit. It shows the community at grips with the Reformation and the introduction of the ghetto system in the Italian states. Thence to the great maritime centre of Venice, Amsterdam, Hamburg and London, under the dominance of the Sephardi exiles from Spain and Portugal; and also to the metropolitan centres of Prague, Vienna and Berlin and the liaison of their court-Jews with the Hapsburgs, Bourbons and Hohenzollerns. This was not achieved without severe tension inside the communities and, whilst eschewing the concept of class-struggle, Kochan's analysis of the clash of interests between the few wealthy and the multitude of poor Jews raises doubts about the whole notion of 'community'.

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In a broad sweep from Central Europe to Ireland and from the Sixteenth to the early Nineteenth-century, this work puts the Jewish community and its rabbinic and 'lay' leaders at the centre of Jewish history. Of surpassing value is Kochan's treatment of the community not only as a religious but also as a political unit. It shows the com...

Lionel Kochan was formerly Bearsted Reader in Jewish History at the University of Warwick, UK. In Retirement, he became a research associate of Manchester University, a member of Wolfson College, Oxford and senior associate of the Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and a visiting fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.82 inPublished:January 9, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230507018

ISBN - 13:9780230507012

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Central Europe in Peace and War 1600-1648 * 'A Little Jerusalem' and 'A Great Jerusalem' * On French Soil * Resettlement in London * At Peace in the Post-War World * Prague and Bohemia: From Recovery to Reduction * Early Decades in Brandenburg-Prussia: The Last Resettlement * Amsterdam, from Turmoil to Decline * In London * Expulsion from Prague (1745-48) * The Old and the New Kehillah * 'Jerusalem' in Berlin * On the Eve, in France * The Rabbi and the Emperor * Revolution and War, 1789-1805 * Beyond the Rhine and Over the Alps * Another Rabbi, Another Emperor * From Paris to Vienna * Epilogue: 1819 * Glossary * Abbreviations * Index *

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"Lionel Kochan is one of Britain's neglected academic treasures...his erudition and linguistic range is staggering. Now he has poured decades of accumulated knowledge into this, his magnum opus...Kochan analyses Jewish society with pitiless clarity... while soaked in an appreciation of Jewish tradition, he has given us an unapologetically modern history of the Jews."--David Cesarani, Times Higher Education Supplement