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Jewish Culture in Early Modern Europe

Essays in Honor of David B. Ruderman

By Richard I. Cohen (Edited by), Natalie B. Dohrmann (Edited by), Adam Shear (Edited by), Elchanan Reiner (Edited by)

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Format: Hardcover, 408 pages
Other Information: 5 black and white photographs
Published In: United States, 30 August 2014
In the last two decades, Jewish historians worldwide have developed and refined the discussion of an "early modern" period in Jewish culture, spanning roughly three centuries from 1500 to 1800, and have increasingly found this periodization to be a useful heuristic for interpreting historical developments. Thirty-one leading scholars both within and beyond Jewish studies advance, refine, and challenge how we understand the Jewish early modern period. The collection includes a comprehensive range of topics, beginning by examining authority structures of Jewish communities following the expulsions and migrations that reshaped the geographical contours of the Jewish world. The formation of Jewish communities, communal autonomy, and cultural representations of leadership are explored, pointing to a geographical remapping of a Jewish early modernity that can contribute to a better understanding of the integrated economic and cultural landscape of the time. The volume then moves to consider Jewish intellectual life in light of demographic, political, and technological change - especially the advent of print culture. From there, the discussion moves to cultural and intellectual interchange, especially between Jews and Christians, and next, to eighteenth-century Jewish culture as a fulcrum of the early and late modernity. Finally, the book concludes by tracing the early modern as it is both etched into and effaced from later eras, reflecting on the project of historiography as both retelling the past and connecting to the past in the present. Read individually, the essays in this volume are finely detailed case studies that illuminate specific aspects of Jewish culture. Read as a mosaic, the studies combine to form a rich and nuanced portrait of a culture that is both a contributor to and a product of early modern Europe and the Ottoman Empire.

About the Author

Richard I. Cohen is Paulette and Claude Kelman Chair in French Jewry Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Natalie B. Dohrmann is Associate Director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Adam Shear is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. Elchanan Reiner is Associate Professor in the Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University, Israel.

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The singular focus of "Jewish Culture in Early Modern Europe "is itself a major contribution to Jewish studies, as well as a fitting homage to David Ruderman. This thoroughly engaging volume bears the fruit of Ruderman s original findings in his studies of early modern Jewish history. It will surely be a sought-after book that will stand alongside his own "Early Modern Jewry." David N. Myers, UCLA" "Open any essay in this book, and you will be dazzled by the brilliance of the scholarship and depth of thought that has gone into every one of them. Nothing less would have been a fitting tribute to David Ruderman, who has revitalized and reshaped our understanding of early modern Jewish and European culture through his own research and writing and his unparalleled intellectual generosity of spirit." Lynn Hunt," "UCLA" "Through his remarkable publications and celebrated seminars, David Ruderman has brought us a new understanding of the cultural and social history of the Jews and, indeed, of Europe in general in early modern times. These essays, each one a jewel, carry his powerful vision into many lands and multiple tongues. We meet fascinating people and books but are also shaken up in our ideas about identity, networks, conversion, and modernity itself. An absorbing book of enduring importance." Natalie Zemon Davis," "University of Toronto" "Those interested to learn where the scholarship of the early modern period in Jewish history has ventured, and more significantly, where it is headed, can do no better than to peruse this dazzling collection of essays. Assembled to honor one of the leading scholars of early modern Jewish history, the essays reflect the dynamism and complexity of a people in transition in a period of religious ferment, intellectual innovation, and geographical mobility. From the Ottoman Empire to Eastern Europe, from Venice to Prague to Amsterdam and the New World, the borderlines of Jewish identity intersect ever more closely with those of Christian and Muslim partners and interlocutors in these erudite studies of books, of their makers, of ideas and their circulation, of the period and its character. This collection is a magnificent tribute to a scholar and a monumental contribution to scholarship." Elisheva Carlebach, Columbia University" "The singular focus of "Jewish Culture in Early Modern Europe "is itself a major contribution to Jewish studies, as well as a fitting homage to David Ruderman. This thoroughly engaging volume bears the fruit of Ruderman's original findings in his studies of early modern Jewish history. It will surely be a sought-after book that will stand alongside his own "Early Modern Jewry"." --David N. Myers, UCLA

EAN: 9780822944331
ISBN: 0822944332
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Dimensions: 23.88 x 16.51 x 2.54 centimetres (0.35 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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