Jews in Poland-Lithuania in the Eighteenth Century: A Genealogy of Modernity

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The publisher gratefully acknowledges the generous contribution to this book by the Jewish Studies Endowment Fund of the University of California Press Associates, which is supported by a major gift from the S. Mark Taper Foundation.

University of California Press Berkeley and Los Angeles, California

© 2004 by the Regents of the University of California

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Hundert, Gershon David. Jews in Poland-Lithuania in the eighteenth century: a genealogy of modernity / Gershon David Hundert. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-520-23844-3 (alk. paper). 1. Jews—Poland—History—18th century. 2. Jews—Poland— Economic conditions—18th century. 3. Jews—Poland—Social conditions—18th century. 4. Poland—Ethnic relations. 5. Jews— Lithuania—History—18th century. 6. Jews—Lithuania—Economic conditions—18th century. 7. Jews—Lithuania—Social conditions— 18th century. 8. Lithuania—Ethnic relations. 9. Mysticism— Judaism—History—18th century. 10. Hasidism—Europe, Eastern— History—18th century. I. Title. DS135. P6H85 2004 943.8′004924—dc21

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Maps xi
  • Tables xiii
  • Preface xv
  • A Note on Place-Names and Transliteration xvii
  • Abbreviations xix
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter 1 - When is a Minority Not a Minority? 21
  • Chapter 2 - Economic Integration 32
  • Chapter 3 - The Polish Church and Jews, Polish Jews and the Church 57
  • Chapter 4 - The Community 79
  • Chapter 5 - Was There a Communal “crisis” in the Eighteenth Century? 99
  • Chapter 6 - The Popularization of Kabbalah 119
  • Chapter 7 - Mystic Ascetics and Religious Radicals 131
  • Chapter 8 - The Contexts of Hasidism 160
  • Chapter 9 - Hasidism, a New Path 186
  • Chapter 10 - Jews and the Sejm 211
  • Afterword 233
  • Select Bibliography 241
  • Acknowledgments 269
  • Index 271
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