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Jewish society
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1. Basis and definition

Without a state of their own since antiquity, Jews in early modern Europe were the largest and most important religious and ethnic minority. Starting in Asia Minor, their areas of settlement stretched west and north through the North African and European Mediterranean region to Western, Central, and Eastern Europe, south as far as Yemen and Ethiopia, and east through Iraq an…

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Klein, Birgit E., “Jewish society”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 28 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021699>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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