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Edicts of Toleration
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A collective term for the reform laws enacted under Emperor Joseph II for non-Catholics in the Habsburg monarchy in the years 1781 to 1790. With regard to the position of the Jews, they lifted some legal and economic discrimination, while simultaneously asserting civic responsibilities. Although this did not amount to legal equality, the ordinances contributed to the dissolution of traditional Jewi…

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Hecht, Louise, “Edicts of Toleration”, 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 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0936>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401

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