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CATEGORICALLY JEWISH, DISTINCTLY POLISH: POLISH JEWISH HISTORY REFLECTED AND REFRACTED

CATEGORICALLY JEWISH, DISTINCTLY POLISH: POLISH JEWISH HISTORY REFLECTED AND REFRACTED

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A thematic survey of Jewish history in early modern Poland. The volume's structure highlights key topics for understanding the Polish Jewish past: relations between Jews and other Poles; Jewish communal life; Polish Jewish women; and hasidism. One section analyses how this past has been presented in both scholarly and popular modes. The essays are crafted to place them in dialogue with each other. Analytical introductions weigh their significance in the light of modern and postmodern Jewish and Polish historiography. An extensive general introduction sets the context of the history portrayed here, while a thoughtful conclusion elucidates the larger motifs that emerge.

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