Author Ruderman, David B
Title Early Modern Jewry : A New Cultural History
Imprint Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2010
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Note Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Maps -- Introduction -- ONE: JEWS ON THE MOVE -- The Mobility of Europeans and Other Peoples in the Early Modern Period -- Jewish Migration to Italy and the Ottoman Empire -- Jewish Migration to Eastern Europe -- Converso Migration -- The Social Consequences of Jewish Mobility -- Did Jewish Mobility Engender Cultural Productivity? -- TWO: COMMUNAL COHESION -- Italian Communal Developments -- Converso Communal Organizations: Leghorn and Amsterdam -- Jewish Communal Organization in Germanic Lands -- The Jewish Community under Ottoman Rule -- Jewish Self-Government in Eastern Europe -- Some Comparative Observations -- THREE: KNOWLEDGE EXPLOSION -- The Printed Book and the Creation of a Connected Jewish Culture -- Further Consequences of the Printing of Jewish Books -- Christian Hebraists and Their Judaic Publications -- The Expansion of Cultural Horizons -- Jewish Medical Students at the University -- FOUR: CRISIS OF RABBINIC AUTHORITY -- Locating the Beginnings of a Jewish Crisis in the Seventeenth Century -- The Sabbatean Turmoil of the Eighteenth Century -- Sabbateanism and the Birth of "Orthodoxy" in the Eighteenth Century -- Sabbateanism and the Other Crises of Early Modernity: Some Tentative Conclusions -- FIVE: MINDGLED IDENTITIES -- The Ambiguity of Converso Lives -- Sabbatean Syncretism -- The Conflicting Loyalties of Christian Hebraists -- The Mediating Roles of Jewish Converts to Christianity -- Jewish Christians and Christian Jews -- SIX: TOWARD MODERNITY: SOME FINAL THOUGHTS -- When Does the Early Modern Period Begin and When Does It End? -- Early Haskalah, Early Modernity, and Haskalah Reconsidered -- Viewing the Modern Era in the Light of the Early Modern -- APPENDIX: HISTORIOGRAPHICAL REFLECTIONS -- Jonathan Israel's Interpretation of Early Modern Jewish Culture
Jewish Historians on the Early Modern Period -- Early Modernity in European and World Historiography -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography of Secondary Works -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y -- Z
Early Modern Jewry boldly offers a new history of the early modern Jewish experience. From Krakow and Venice to Amsterdam and Smyrna, David Ruderman examines the historical and cultural factors unique to Jewish communities throughout Europe, and how these distinctions played out amidst the rest of society. Looking at how Jewish settlements in the early modern period were linked to one another in fascinating ways, he shows how Jews were communicating with each other and were more aware of their economic, social, and religious connections than ever before. Ruderman explores five crucial and powerful characteristics uniting Jewish communities: a mobility leading to enhanced contacts between Jews of differing backgrounds, traditions, and languages, as well as between Jews and non-Jews; a heightened sense of communal cohesion throughout all Jewish settlements that revealed the rising power of lay oligarchies; a knowledge explosion brought about by the printing press, the growing interest in Jewish books by Christian readers, an expanded curriculum of Jewish learning, and the entrance of Jewish elites into universities; a crisis of rabbinic authority expressed through active messianism, mystical prophecy, radical enthusiasm, and heresy; and the blurring of religious identities, impacting such groups as conversos, Sabbateans, individual converts to Christianity, and Christian Hebraists. In describing an early modern Jewish culture, Early Modern Jewry reconstructs a distinct epoch in history and provides essential background for understanding the modern Jewish experience
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Ruderman, David B. Early Modern Jewry : A New Cultural History Princeton : Princeton University Press,c2010 9780691152882
Subject Jews -- Intellectual life.;Jews -- Europe -- History.;Jews -- Social networks -- Europe -- History.;Jews -- History -- 70-1789.;Jewish learning and scholarship -- Europe.;Judaism -- Doctrines -- Early works to 1800.;Judaism -- History
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Alt Author Ruderman, David B. B