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Early modern Jewry : a new cultural history /
David B. Ruderman.
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Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2010.
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326 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0691144648 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780691144641 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2010.
isbn
0691144648 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780691144641 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Jews on the move -- Communal cohesion -- Knowledge explosion -- Crisis of rabbinic authority -- Mingled identities -- Toward modernity: some final thoughts.
catalogue key
7139265
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [287-317) and index.
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
National Jewish Book Awards, USA, 2010 : Won
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"Ruderman's scholarship is of the highest order and shows impeccable control over a huge and diverse secondary literature. He is able to convey the nature of the historical debates over the key issues in this period with clarity and integrity, and each chapter is a model of argumentation. This book will be indispensable to anyone who studies the Jewish experience."--Gershon Hundert, McGill University "This is an entirely original book that for the first time offers a sustained and persuasive argument for a distinct early modern period in Jewish history. Ruderman provides a synthetic account of the period based on a masterful command of the primary and secondary scholarship."--David Sorkin, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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"Rudermans scholarship is of the highest order and shows impeccable control over a huge and diverse secondary literature. He is able to convey the nature of the historical debates over the key issues in this period with clarity and integrity, and each chapter is a model of argumentation. This book will be indispensable to anyone who studies the Jewish experience."-- Gershon Hundert, McGill University "This is an entirely original book that for the first time offers a sustained and persuasive argument for a distinct early modern period in Jewish history. Ruderman provides a synthetic account of the period based on a masterful command of the primary and secondary scholarship."-- David Sorkin, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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"This is an entirely original book that for the first time offers a sustained and persuasive argument for a distinct early modern period in Jewish history. Ruderman provides a synthetic account of the period based on a masterful command of the primary and secondary scholarship."--David Sorkin, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Ruderman's scholarship is of the highest order and shows impeccable control over a huge and diverse secondary literature. He is able to convey the nature of the historical debates over the key issues in this period with clarity and integrity, and each chapter is a model of argumentation. This book will be indispensable to anyone who studies the Jewish experience."--Gershon Hundert, McGill University
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"This is an entirely original book that for the first time offers a sustained and persuasive argument for a distinct early modern period in Jewish history. Ruderman provides a synthetic account of the period based on a masterful command of the primary and secondary scholarship."--David Sorkin, University of Wisconsin-Madison"Ruderman's scholarship is of the highest order and shows impeccable control over a huge and diverse secondary literature. He is able to convey the nature of the historical debates over the key issues in this period with clarity and integrity, and each chapter is a model of argumentation. This book will be indispensable to anyone who studies the Jewish experience."--Gershon Hundert, McGill University
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Brave, stimulating, highly erudite, and informative.
"Brave, stimulating, highly erudite, and informative."-- Moshe Rosman, Jewish Review of Books
Brave, stimulating, highly erudite, and informative. -- Moshe Rosman, Jewish Review of Books
David B. Ruderman plunges into one of the central debates in the writing of Jewish history. . . . When we think of the history of Europe, it is in terms derived from the experience of Christians and Christianity. . . . But does this familiar timeline apply to the history of the Jews? . . . Early Modern Jewry will certainly help to shape future debates over the ways we write and interpret Jewish history.
David B. Ruderman plunges into one of the central debates in the writing of Jewish history. . . . When we think of the history of Europe, it is in terms derived from the experience of Christians and Christianity. . . . But does this familiar timeline apply to the history of the Jews? . . .Early Modern Jewrywill certainly help to shape future debates over the ways we write and interpret Jewish history.
"David B. Ruderman plunges into one of the central debates in the writing of Jewish history. . . . When we think of the history of Europe, it is in terms derived from the experience of Christians and Christianity. . . . But does this familiar timeline apply to the history of the Jews? . . . Early Modern Jewry will certainly help to shape future debates over the ways we write and interpret Jewish history."-- Adam Kirsch, Tablet Magazine
David B. Ruderman plunges into one of the central debates in the writing of Jewish history. . . . When we think of the history of Europe, it is in terms derived from the experience of Christians and Christianity. . . . But does this familiar timeline apply to the history of the Jews? . . . Early Modern Jewry will certainly help to shape future debates over the ways we write and interpret Jewish history. -- Adam Kirsch, Tablet Magazine
David B. Ruderman plunges into one of the central debates in the writing of Jewish history. . . . When we think of the history of Europe, it is in terms derived from the experience of Christians and Christianity. . . . But does this familiar timeline apply to the history of the Jews? . . .Early Modern Jewrywill certainly help to shape future debates over the ways we write and interpret Jewish history. -- Adam Kirsch, Tablet Magazine
David Ruderman has produced an admirable synthesis of the latest research on early modem Jewish history, while offering a cogent assessment of the historiography of the term 'early modern' and of the role of Jews in European and world history between the medieval and modem eras. The clear structure and approachable writing of Early Modern Jewry make it an excellent resource.
"David Ruderman has produced an admirable synthesis of the latest research on early modem Jewish history, while offering a cogent assessment of the historiography of the term 'early modern' and of the role of Jews in European and world history between the medieval and modem eras. The clear structure and approachable writing of Early Modern Jewry make it an excellent resource."-- Gayle K. Brunelle, Canadian Journal of History
David Ruderman has produced an admirable synthesis of the latest research on early modem Jewish history, while offering a cogent assessment of the historiography of the term 'early modern' and of the role of Jews in European and world history between the medieval and modem eras. The clear structure and approachable writing of Early Modern Jewry make it an excellent resource. -- Gayle K. Brunelle, Canadian Journal of History
David Ruderman . . . provides a masterful synthesis of the vast scholarship of the past 30 years. . . . This book is an important addition to any university library.
"David Ruderman . . . provides a masterful synthesis of the vast scholarship of the past 30 years. . . . This book is an important addition to any university library."-- Harvey Sukenic, AJL Newsletter
David Ruderman . . . provides a masterful synthesis of the vast scholarship of the past 30 years. . . . This book is an important addition to any university library. -- Harvey Sukenic, AJL Newsletter
Its thought-provoking discussion of the early modern period in Jewish history, the notes and bibliography providing additional information, and the extensive appendix discussing various historiographical interpretations of early modernity make this book indispensable for both students and teachers of early modern and modern Jewish history alike, as well as for those more generally interested in Jewish history. Ruderman's study will decisively shape future discussions about early modern Jewish history and the beginnings of modernity.
Its thought-provoking discussion of the early modern period in Jewish history, the notes and bibliography providing additional information, and the extensive appendix discussing various historiographical interpretations of early modernity make this book indispensable for both students and teachers of early modern and modern Jewish history alike, as well as for those more generally interested in Jewish history. Ruderman's study will decisively shape future discussions about early modern Jewish history and the beginnings of modernity. -- ekka Voss," H-Net Reviews
"Its thought-provoking discussion of the early modern period in Jewish history, the notes and bibliography providing additional information, and the extensive appendix discussing various historiographical interpretations of early modernity make this book indispensable for both students and teachers of early modern and modern Jewish history alike, as well as for those more generally interested in Jewish history. Rudermans study will decisively shape future discussions about early modern Jewish history and the beginnings of modernity."-- Rebekka Voss, H-Net Reviews
Its thought-provoking discussion of the early modern period in Jewish history, the notes and bibliography providing additional information, and the extensive appendix discussing various historiographical interpretations of early modernity make this book indispensable for both students and teachers of early modern and modern Jewish history alike, as well as for those more generally interested in Jewish history. Ruderman's study will decisively shape future discussions about early modern Jewish history and the beginnings of modernity. -- Rebekka Voss," H-Net Reviews
Ruderman also discusses a number of crucial works on early modern Jewish history, making his study more accessible to novice readers. His extensive bibliography may serve as a useful starting point for the reader's own exploration of early modern Jewry
"Ruderman also discusses a number of crucial works on early modern Jewish history, making his study more accessible to novice readers. His extensive bibliography may serve as a useful starting point for the reader's own exploration of early modern Jewry"-- .Pnina M. Rubesh, European Legacy
Ruderman has given readers fascinated by Jewish history much material upon which to ponder.
"Ruderman has given readers fascinated by Jewish history much material upon which to ponder."-- Benjamin Ivry, Forward
Ruderman has given readers fascinated by Jewish history much material upon which to ponder. -- Benjamin Ivry, Forward
Ruderman's learned and fluently written book presents a thought-provoking interpretation of the period beginning with the Spanish expulsion of 1492, which set into motion the extraordinary communities of Iberian Jewry--and much else besides--and stretching forward to the onset of modernity.
"Ruderman's learned and fluently written book presents a thought-provoking interpretation of the period beginning with the Spanish expulsion of 1492, which set into motion the extraordinary communities of Iberian Jewry--and much else besides--and stretching forward to the onset of modernity."-- Yehudah Mirsky, Jewish Ideas Daily
Ruderman's learned and fluently written book presents a thought-provoking interpretation of the period beginning with the Spanish expulsion of 1492, which set into motion the extraordinary communities of Iberian Jewry--and much else besides--and stretching forward to the onset of modernity. -- Yehudah Mirsky, Jewish Ideas Daily
Ruderman's provocative thesis marks a scholarly watershed. It reopens and complicates the question of when modern Jewish history began, and suggests that far-reaching but underappreciated trends analogous to those traced in this book have already inaugurated a postmodern era of Jewish history.
"Ruderman's provocative thesis marks a scholarly watershed. It reopens and complicates the question of when modern Jewish history began, and suggests that far-reaching but underappreciated trends analogous to those traced in this book have already inaugurated a postmodern era of Jewish history."-- Lawrence Grossman, Forward
Ruderman's provocative thesis marks a scholarly watershed. It reopens and complicates the question of when modern Jewish history began, and suggests that far-reaching but underappreciated trends analogous to those traced in this book have already inaugurated a postmodern era of Jewish history. -- Lawrence Grossman, Forward
[T]he book greatly advances scholarship toward a more holistic, multidisciplinary approach to Jewish history during this very dynamic epoch. . . . His work is a great introductory monograph for students and emerging scholars in early modern Jewish studies, providing an excellent foundation of knowledge to build upon for future research.
"[T]he book greatly advances scholarship toward a more holistic, multidisciplinary approach to Jewish history during this very dynamic epoch. . . . His work is a great introductory monograph for students and emerging scholars in early modern Jewish studies, providing an excellent foundation of knowledge to build upon for future research."-- Barry Stiefel, Sixteenth Century Journal
Winner of the 2010 National Jewish Book Award in History, Jewish Book Council
Ruderman's scholarship is of the highest order and shows impeccable control over a huge and diverse secondary literature. He is able to convey the nature of the historical debates over the key issues in this period with clarity and integrity, and each chapter is a model of argumentation. This book will be indispensable to anyone who studies the Jewish experience.
This is an entirely original book that for the first time offers a sustained and persuasive argument for a distinct early modern period in Jewish history. Ruderman provides a synthetic account of the period based on a masterful command of the primary and secondary scholarship.
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Summaries
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This work 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.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
Early Modern Jewryboldly 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 Jewryreconstructs a distinct epoch in history and provides essential background for understanding the modern Jewish experience.
Table of Contents
Mapsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Jews On the Movep. 23
The Mobility of Europeans and Other Peoples in the Early Modern Periodp. 24
Jewish Migration to Italy and the Ottoman Empirep. 26
Jewish Migration to Eastern Europep. 29
Converso Migrationp. 34
The Social Consequences of Jewish Mobilityp. 37
Did Jewish Mobility Engender Cultural Productivity?p. 41
Communal Cohesionp. 57
Italian Communal Developmentsp. 59
Converso Communal Organizations: Leghorn and Amsterdamp. 65
Jewish Communal Organization in Germanic Landsp. 74
The Jewish Community under Ottoman Rulep. 81
Jewish Self-Government in Eastern Europep. 86
Some Comparative Observationsp. 93
Knowledge Explosionp. 99
The Printed Book and the Creation of a Connected Jewish Culturep. 99
Further Consequences of the Printing of Jewish Booksp. 103
Christian Hebraists and Their Judaic Publicationsp. 111
The Expansion of Cultural Horizonsp. 120
Jewish Medical Students at the Universityp. 125
Crisis of Rabbinic Authorityp. 133
Locating the Beginnings of a Jewish Crisis in the Seventeenth Centuryp. 136
The Sabbatean Turmoil of the Eighteenth Centuryp. 140
Sabbateanism and the Birth of “Orthodoxy” in the Eighteenth Centuryp. 146
Sabbateanism and the Other Crises of Early Modernity: Some Tentative Conclusionsp. 155
Mingled Identitiesp. 159
The Ambiguity of Converso Livesp. 160
Sabbatean Syncretismp. 163
The Conflicting Loyalties of Christian Hebraistsp. 173
The Mediating Roles of Jewish Converts to Christianityp. 180
Jewish Christians and Christian Jewsp. 186
Toward Modernity Some Final Thoughtsp. 191
When Does the Early Modern Period Begin and When Does It End?p. 193
Early Haskalah, Early Modernity, and Haskalah Reconsideredp. 198
Viewing the Modern Era in the Light of the Early Modernp. 202
Appendix: Historiographical Reflectionsp. 207
Jonathan Israel's Interpretation of Early Modern Jewish Culturep. 207
Jewish Historians on the Early Modern Periodp. 214
Early Modernity in European and World Historiographyp. 220
Acknowledgmentsp. 227
Notesp. 231
Bibliography of Secondary Worksp. 287
Indexp. 319
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