Early Modern Jewish Experiences

Early Modern Jewish Experiences

Online
Course 3504 | 3 credits

In 1492, the Spanish Catholic monarchs issued a decree that banished Jews from the Iberian Peninsula, while allowing those who converted from Judaism to remain. In the period from 1789 to 1791, the French Revolutionary Parliament accepted Jews as legal citizens ushering in the era of Jewish emancipation. This course explores the intervening three centuries of radical changes that triggered the rise of more tolerant political and religious treatment of Jews. It covers issues including the rise of mercantilism, readmission of Jews to urban centers from which they were expelled in medieval times, the spread of Jewish mysticism and the rise of Jewish religious revivalist movements, the impact of French Enlightenment, the formation of Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jewish identity, and revolutionary upheavals that triggered the process of emancipation and bolstered Jewish integration into the fabric of European society.