Dutch Jewry during the Emancipation Period

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Jozeph Michman

Dutch Jewry during the Emancipation Period
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Jozeph Michman

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

228 pages | 6-3/4 x 9-1/2 | © 1995
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9789053560907 Published June 1995 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
By the end of the eighteenth century, the Dutch Jews enjoyed complete freedom of religion, but economic discrimination left the majority of them penniless. Moreover, a bitter conflict broke out between the enlightened and the orthodox Jews, leading to a fierce controversy and the foundation of a separate congegration. In spite of the emancipation decree of 2 September 1796, discrimination continued and only slowly declined in the course of the next century. This book offers a new and original analysis of both the political, economical, religious and literary aspects of this fascinating and tumultuous era.
Chronological Summary of the Political Changes in The Netherlands between the Years 1780-1815
1. Prelude – Parnasim and Patriots
2. Emancipation or Pseudo-Emancipation
3. Adath Jesurun – The Diskursen
4. The High Point of Jewish Political Activity
5. Louis Napoleon’s Concern with his Jewish Subjects (I): Participation of Dutch Jewry in the Grand Sanhedrin
6. Louis Napoleon’s Concern with his Jewish Subjects (II): The High Consistory
7. Haskalah – but Orthodox
8. Jewish Soldiers in the Batavian Republic and under French Rule
9. Finale: The Establishment of the Jewish Denominational Structure by King Willem I
Appendix, A,B
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