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In the eighteenth century, more than half of the world's Jewish population lived in Polish private villages and towns owned by magnate-aristocrats. Furthermore, roughly half of Poland's entire urban population was Jewish. Thus, the study of Jews in private Polish towns is central to both Jewish history and to the history of Poland-Lithuania. This study seeks to investigate the social, economic, and political history of Jews in Opatów, a private Polish town, in the context of an increasing power and influence of private towns at the expense of the Polish crown and gentry in the eighteenth century. Hundert recovers an important community from historical obscurity by providing a balanced perspective on the Jewish experience in the Polish Commonwealth and by describing the special dimensions of Jewish life in a private town.

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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. List of Illustrations
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1. Numbers
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  1. 2. The Town and the Jewish Community before 1700
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  1. 3. Jews and Other Poles
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  1. 4. Jews in the Economy
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  1. 5. Jewish Society
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  1. 6. The Jewish Community
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  1. 7. Authority in the Jewish Community
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  1. 8. Power and the Jewish Community
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  1. Afterword
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  1. Appendix 1: The Privilege of the Jewish Community of Opatów
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  1. Appendix 2: Measures, Weights, and Money
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  1. Notes
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  1. Works Cited
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421436289
Related ISBN
9781421436272
MARC Record
OCLC
1127884893
Launched on MUSE
2019-11-17
Language
English
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Yes
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Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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