Jewish Emancipation: A History Across Five Centuries, 1st Edition

  • David Sorkin
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  • ISBN-10: 0691189676
  • ISBN-13: 9780691189673
  • DDC: 301.451924
  • 368 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released December 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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This book offers the first comprehensive history in any language of how Jews became citizens in the modern world. For all their unquestionable importance, the Holocaust and the founding of the State of Israel now loom so large in modern Jewish history as to overshadow another central aspect of Jewish history: emancipation. This book seeks to reorient Jewish history by describing how Jews became citizens with civil and political rights in the modern world. Ranging from the mid-16th century to the beginning of the 21st, it tells the ongoing story of how Jews have gained, kept, lost, and recovered rights in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, the U.S. and Israel. Emancipation was not a one-time or linear event, but rather a complex, multidirectional, ambiguous process characterized by deflections and reversals, defeats and successes, triumphs and tragedies. The story of this foundational but neglected event reveals the lost contours of Jewish history over the past half millennium.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Jewish Emancipation.
Introduction: Ambiguous and Interminable Emancipation.
The Three Regions Emerge.
1: Merchant Colonies.
2: Burgher Estate.
3: Juridical Equality.
The Two Legislative Models.
4: Bureaucrat, Laboratory, Emperor.
5: Civil Rights in Western Europe.
6: Partition and Parity.
7: Revolution.
8: War.
9: Sanhedrin.
10: Partitions.
The Three Regions in the Nineteenth Century.
11: Restoration.
12: Central Europe, 1815–1847.
13: Revolution.
14: Central Europe, 1850–1871.
15: Russia and the Kingdom of Poland, I.
16: Russia and the Kingdom of Poland, II.
17: Western Europe.
18: The Atlantic World.
19: Mass Society, I.
20: Mass Society, II.
The Fourth Region.
21: Ottoman Empire and Danubian Provinces.
Twentieth-Century Tribulations.
22: Minority Rights.
23: Repudiation.
24: Reinstatement.
25: Maghreb and Mashreq.
26: Israel.
27: United States.
Conclusion: Ten Theses on Emancipation.
A Note on the Type.