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Magdeburg Law
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The municipal legal system of the 12th century, originating in Magdeburg, extended far into Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages and the early modern period. A town upon which the Magdeburg Law had been conferred withdrew from the previously valid territorial law and obtained its own municipal constitution. Depending on whether or not this legal system was also valid for Jews, it promoted either their civic inclusion or exclusion. Moreover, it was significant for the degree of Jewish autonomy. With the division of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the validity of the Magd…

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Hausmann, Guido, “Magdeburg Law”, 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 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0505>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20210312

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