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The Berlin Jewish Community : Enlightenment, Family and Crisis, 1770-1830 - Steven M. Lowenstein

The Berlin Jewish Community

Enlightenment, Family and Crisis, 1770-1830

Hardcover Published: 2nd June 1994
ISBN: 9780195083262
Number Of Pages: 312

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The Berlin Jewish community was both the pioneer in intellectual modernization and the first to experience a crisis of modernity. This original and imaginative book connects intellectual and political transformation with the social structures and daily activities of the Jewish community. Steven M. Lowenstein has used extraordinarily rich documentation about the life of Berlin Jewry in the period and assembled a collective biography of the entire community of Berlin Jews. He has examined tax lists, subscription lists, genealogical records, and address lists as well as kosher meat accounts to give us a vivid picture of daily life. On another level in detailing the complexity of Jewish life in Berlin during this period, this book illuminates the connections between the "peaceful stage" of enlightenment and the crisis that followed.

"[T]his book is a wonderful addition to the knowledge about Berlin Jews and the complexities of existing as a minority community in changing times."--Journal of Social History "Steven M. Lowenstein is the first to undertake a thoroughgoing social history of Berlin Jewry, basing his research largely on quantitative data drawn, for example from lists of converts, subscribers to Enlightenment publications, payers of the tax on kosher meat, and supporters of religious reform."--American Historical Review "Because his own findings emerge forcefully from a careful examination of the evidence, they carry great weight in this ongoing debate. A first-rate study of an important subject."--Choice "This is an important book in modern European Jewish history."--Central European History "This book offers English-speaking readers an overview of the most significant religious and cultural issues and historical figures."--German Studies Review

Berlin Before Modernityp. 1
The Crisis of Berlin Jewry: Introduction to the Problemp. 3
A Traditional Jewish Community: Berlin Jewry Before the Changesp. 10
The Stage of "Peaceful Modernization"p. 23
The Seven Years War (1756-1763) and the Emergence of a New Economic Elitep. 25
The Intellectuals of the Berlin Haskalap. 33
The Lifestyle of Modernizing Berlin Jewsp. 43
Those Outside the Modernizing Groups: Poor Jews and Orthodox Jews in Berlinp. 55
The Crisis of Berlin Jewryp. 69
The Struggle for Emancipation and Its Radicalizing Impactp. 75
Intellectual Radicalization and Economic Crisisp. 89
The Salonsp. 104
The Crisis: Illegitimacy and Family Breakdownp. 111
The Crisis--Conversion: Its Scope and Characteristicsp. 120
Religious Reform: An Attempt to Deal with the Crisisp. 134
The Social Analysis of the Crisis and Its Connection to the Enlightenmentp. 149
Family, Ideology, and Crisis: The Personal Connections Between the Enlightened and the Convertsp. 151
Was the Experience of Women Different from Men's Experience?p. 162
The Aftermath of the Crisis: Berlin Jewry After 1823p. 177
Conclusionp. 183
Conclusionp. 185
Notesp. 197
Bibliographyp. 277
Indexp. 284
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ISBN: 9780195083262
ISBN-10: 0195083261
Series: Studies in Jewish History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 2nd June 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.5  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.63