Jewish history: Early Modern period

The Jews gradually integrated in the modern European countries, the main reason being their conspicuous economic activities. The Jews in the early modern period were classified as either the court Jews who were business men and bankers and the port Jews who run the marine economy. During this period, they lived under the Ottoman Empire which had taken over turkey as their economic and cultural center. They were highly classed in this empire as they were the leading economic aggressors of the empire. This however was cut short by the ever constant religious and political pressure that was a common thing in the ever modernizing world. The role Poland and Lithuanian of the Jewish population On the other hand Poland-Lithuania was the place with the greatest population of the Jewish community. This however changed when the Jews were split by the Swedish wars and many were left dead. Those...

Jewish history in the 19th century

Napoleon needed to establish his authority throughout France and her empire when he came to power in 1799. One action that demonstrated his supremacy was the abolition of the ghetto laws. In Rome, within sight of the Vatican, the Catholic Church was forced to capitulate to Napoleonic might and Jews were liberated from the Roman ghetto. Throughout his empire Napoleon’s change in policy afforded the Jewish people a freedom, which had previously been denied to them. They could choose where they lived, could express their faith openly and were no longer required to wear yellow bonnets and armbands, which set them apart from other citizens. After changes in the policy of Napoleon At a time when other countries in Europe were tightening their laws on minority religious groups, the aftermath of the 1789 French Revolution led to a promotion of equality throughout France and the French...