The Berlin Jewish Community: Enlightenment, Family and Crisis, 1770-1830

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Oxford University Press, Jun 2, 1994 - History - 320 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

The Stage of Peaceful Modernization
23
The Crisis of Berlin Jewry
69
The Social Analysis of the Crisis and Its Connection to the Enlightenment
149
Conclusion
183
Notes
197
Bibliography
277
Index
284
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Steven M. Lowenstein is Isadore Levine Professor of Jewish History at the University of Judaism. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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