Beyond the east-west divide: rethinking the narrative of the Jews’ political status in Europe, 1600–1750

  title={Beyond the east-west divide: rethinking the narrative of the Jews’ political status in Europe, 1600–1750},
  author={David Jan Sorkin},
  journal={Jewish History},
  • D. Sorkin
  • Published 5 August 2010
  • History
  • Jewish History
The enduring cliché of the east-west divide obscures the nature of the Jews’ changing political status in Europe: the period 1600–1750 cannot be described using the binary of a progressive “West” and a backward “east.” Rather, Jews in Western Europe developed a new political status of “civic parity” (Holland, England) or “corporate parity” (southern France), while Jews in Eastern Europe, especially in the private towns of magnate estates, similarly acquired a new status of “corporate parity… 
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