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Marion A. Kaplan

in Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195171648
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199871346 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171648.003.0017
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This chapter shows that Jews shared in the economic upswing of the 19th century, generally experiencing success even during what has been known as the Great Depression of 1873-96. Halfhearted attempts at altering the Jewish career profile had no effect: more than half chose commercial fields and remained self-employed. Their history gave them some experience in business, their families provided them with encouragement, financial support, and useful commercial networks, and contemporary antisemitism compelled them to fend for themselves.

Keywords: German Jews; anti-Semitism; work; career

Chapter.  9272 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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