French Revolution
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The French Revolution was one of the great moments in the history of the emancipation of the Jews. It represents the entry of Jews into the public space and their inclusion in political modernity. While American Jewry, despite the extraordinary liberalism of the American Constitution (Bill of Rights), only slowly entered the public sphere because the federal states still imposed restrictions on them for a long time, the emancipation decree of September 1791 made French Jews…

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Birnbaum, Pierre, “French Revolution”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 18 June 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0238>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401



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