Judaic 271 notes - Judaic 271 January 19, 2011 Dont know a...

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Judaic 271 January 19, 2011 Don’t know a lot about Jews in 17 th and 18 th century Sources: Taxes were distributed more or less proportionally Polish official and unofficial sources Memoirs by Polish aristocrats (written by well connected Jewish men) Languages: Language defines the culture of a nation People who lived in big cities with several different communities, each community had its own language 17 th and 18 th century- important that we don’t apply the concepts of today (like civil rights) because they had different meanings in those days than they do today From our point of view, Jews had no rights o From Christians point of view, that was the only way it was 90% of Polish population didn’t care what happened to Poland Eastern Poland- relationships between Polish land owners and Jews o Lease holding was so important for Jews because they couldn’t own land They could only lease land Could have held the lease for many years o Hierarchy of sub-leasing: Nobles weren’t interested in handling own estates; rarely visited estates o Delegated those rights to smaller nobles or to Jews Could divide all different parts of estates and lease them to others (fishermen, etc) Jews weren’t allowed to own land in Poland o Weren’t allowed to own land outside Israel o Land was believed to be the property of Christian people, so only
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This note was uploaded on 02/03/2011 for the course JUDAIC 271 taught by Professor Krutikov during the Spring '11 term at University of Michigan.

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