The Transformation Of German Jewry, 1780-1840

Paperback | October 18, 1990

byDavid Sorkin

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The transformation of German Jewry from 1780 to 1840 exemplified a twofold revolution: on one level, the end of the feudal status of Jews as an autonomous community forced them to face a protracted process of political emancipation, a far-reaching social metamorphosis, and growing racialanti-Semitism; yet, on another level, their encounter with the surrounding culture resulted in their own intense cultural productivity. In this ground-breaking study, David Sorkin argues that emancipation and encounter with German culture and society led not to assimilation but to the creation of anew Jewish identity and community--a true and vibrant subculture that produced many of Judaism's modern movements and fostered a pantheon of outstanding writers, artists, composers, scientists, and academics. He contends that German-Jewish subculture was based not, as widely believed, onnationalistic (Jewish versus German) or religious (Jewish versus Christian) disparities, but rather on the struggle for freedom and social acceptance in German society. By studying German Jewry's cultural history in its social and political context, as well as in the larger setting of Germanhistory, this study firmly asserts that the subculture both distinguished German Jewry from other European Jewish communities and accounted for its members' prominent role in Jewish and general culture.

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The transformation of German Jewry from 1780 to 1840 exemplified a twofold revolution: on one level, the end of the feudal status of Jews as an autonomous community forced them to face a protracted process of political emancipation, a far-reaching social metamorphosis, and growing racialanti-Semitism; yet, on another level, their encou...

David Sorkin is at Oxford University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 0.75 inPublished:October 18, 1990Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195065840

ISBN - 13:9780195065848

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"This book is surely one of the most challenging, thought-provoking and indeed brilliant among recent studies in modern Jewish history"--Studies in Contemporary Jewry: An Annual VIII