Caution’s Progress

Hillel J. Kieval

in Languages of Community

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780520214101
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520921160 | DOI:
Caution’s Progress

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This chapter focuses on the major cultural and social changes that were occurring in the Jewish communities of Prague and Bohemia during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It first places the general evolution of Bohemian Jewish society in the context of Habsburg policy with regard to Jews and the promotion of social and economic development. It examines the major external catalysts of change in Bohemian Jewish life: the reforms of the 1780s and 1790s. It looks at the redirection of Jewish cultural concerns in Prague under the impact of haskalah. It deals primarily with reception of the haskalah, and the overall impact of the so-called Berlin school in the determination of both the tenor and the content of this program. It also examines the practical application of one of the major cultural reforms of the period: the establishment of a secular Jewish school system.

Keywords: Jewish communities; Prague; Bohemia; Habsburg policy; haskalah; Berlin school; secular

Chapter.  11568 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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