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Jewish emancipation : a history across five centuries

Author: David Jan Sorkin
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For all their unquestionable importance, the Holocaust and the founding of the State of Israel now loom so large in modern Jewish history that we have mostly lost sight of the fact that they are only part of--and indeed reactions to--the central event of that history: emancipation. In this book, David Sorkin seeks to reorient Jewish history by offering the first comprehensive account in any language of the process  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Jan Sorkin
ISBN: 0691164940 9780691164946
OCLC Number: 1089415966
Description: x, 511 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Ambiguous and interminable emancipation --
Part 1 The three regions emerge. Merchant colonies ; Burgher estate ; Juridical equality --
Part 2 The two legislative models. Bureaucrat, laboratory, emperor ; Civil rights in Western Europe ; Partition and parity ; Revolution ; War ; Sanhedrin ; Partitions --
Part 3 The three regions in the nineteenth century. Restoration ; Central Europe, 1815-1847 ; Revolution ; Central Europe, 1850-1871 ; Russia and the Kingdom of Poland, I ; Russia and the Kingdom of Poland, II ; Western Europe ; The Atlantic world ; Mass society, I ; Mass society, II --
Part 4 The fourth region. Ottoman Empire and Danubian Provinces --
Part 5 Twentieth-century tribulations. Minority rights ; Repudiation ; Reinstatement ; Maghreb and Mashreq ; Israel ; United States ; Conclusion: ten theses on emancipation.
Responsibility: David Sorkin.

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Sorkin seeks to reorient Jewish history by offering the first comprehensive account in any language of the process by which Jews became citizens with civil and political rights in the modern world.  Read more...

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