Early modern economics and politics

Authored by: Dean Phillip Bell

The Routledge Companion to Jewish History and Historiography

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138193611
eBook ISBN: 9780429458927
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As with social and demographic developments, Jewish political and economic experiences were dictated by external as well as internal conditions and were part of broader societal and communal changes. In this chapter we explore the economic activities of Jews, particularly as they related to some of the social, communal, and demographic changes examined in the previous chapter and as they reflected the position of Jews in the larger societies in which they lived and the general conditions and changes in those societies (see Chapter 41). We then consider the political position of the Jews, governed as it was by a range of external authorities and levels of governance—from the decisions of local town and city councils to imperial-wide decrees.

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