Title

Social and Cultural Boundaries in Pre-Modern Poland

Document Type

Book

Publication Date

2010

Journal or Book Title

Polin

Volume

22

Editor

Antony Polonsky

Publisher

The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization

Place of Publication

Oxford, UK

Abstract

Boundaries—physical, political, social, religious, and cultural—were a key feature of life in medieval and early modern Poland, and this volume focuses on the ways in which these boundaries were respected, crossed, or otherwise negotiated. It throws new light on the contacts between Jews and Poles, including the vexed question of conversion and the tensions it aroused. The collected articles also discuss relations between the various elements of Jewish society—the wealthy and the poor, the educated and the uneducated, and the religious and the lay elites, considering too contacts between Jews in Poland and those in Germany and elsewhere. Classic studies by such eminent scholars as Meir Bałaban, Jacob Goldberg, and Moshe Rosman provide a foil for new research by Hanna Zaremska and David Frick, as well as Adam Teller, Magda Teter, Elisheva Carlebach, Jürgen Heyde, and Adam Kaźmierczyk. Taken together, the contributions on this central theme help redefine the Jewish history of pre-modern Poland.

Comments

Magda Teter's essay: 'There should be no love between us and them': Social Life and the Bounds of Jewish and Canon Law in Early Modern Poland, 249-70