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This study analyzes the transformation of German Jewry in the period from 1780-1840 in order to explain why the nature of the most visible Jewry in modern Europe remained essentially invisible to its own members and to subsequent generations. German Jewry was the most visible of the modern European Jewries because in its history all of the hallmarks of modernity seemed to ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Wayne State University Press (first published September 17th 1987)
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Marisa Natale
The scholarship of this book is really high quality. Sorkin is clearly a talented scholar with an impressive command of his sources, able to tease out the distinctions between layers of discourse, philosophy and theology from within and outside the Jewish community. This book is a difficult read; intellectual history is always challenging, but for readers who do not frequently exercise that particular muscle, this book will be quite hard. Even for someone who is interested in the topic and ...more
Denise DeRocher
The BEST historical account of German Jewry ever written (unbiased I am not)!
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David Jan Sorkin is the Frances and Lawrence Weinstein Professor of Jewish Studies and the Director of the Institute of Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison