Peasants and Jews in Medieval Germany: Studies in Cultural, Social and Economic History, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Peasants and Jews in Medieval Germany

Studies in Cultural, Social and Economic History, 1st Edition

By Michael Toch


344 pages

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The studies collected here centre on the social and economic life of medieval Germany, within a broader European context. The first three articles engage the day-to-day workings of rural society: literature, verbal attack and the language of mediated settlement of conflicts lead to a nuanced view of social hierarchy, in which the meek too have a say. The next group examines some major elements of rural life, dealing with technology, resources, ecology, transport, communication and credit. In the second part, the author focuses on the life of the Jews in Germany, first charting the process of settlement of Jews in Germany, the dynamics of social stratification and household composition, and the impact of economics and persecution on settlement patterns. A case study uncovers the motives and steps that led up to the expulsion of the Jews of Nuremberg in 1498. These themes are followed up into the early modern period, when German Jewry mostly came to live a village life. The last studies deal with the economic history of medieval European Jews, including professions other than moneylending, and with the function of women in economic life.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; The social history of peasant speech: Asking the way and telling the law: speech in medieval Germany; Schimpfwörter im Dorf des Spätmittelalters; Ethics, emotions and self-interest: rural Bavaria in the later Middle Ages; Making do with little: studies in the economic history of the German peasantry: Agricultural progress and agricultural technology in medieval Germany: an alternative model; Lords and peasants: a reappraisal of medieval economic relationships; Peasants of the mountains, peasants of the valleys and medieval state building: the case of the Alps; Hauling away in late medieval Bavaria: the economics of inland transport in an agrarian market; Local credit in an agrarian economy: the case of Bavaria (14th and 15th centuries); Immigration, migration, community and expulsion: studies in the social history of German Jews: The formation of a diaspora: the settlement of Jews in the medieval German Reich; Jewish migrations to, within and from medieval Germany; Siedlungsstruktur der Juden Mitteleuropas im Wandel vom Mittelalter zur Neuzeit; Die soziale und demographische Struktur der jüdischen Gemeinde Nürnbergs im Jahre 1489; Umb gemeyns nutz und nottdurfft willen. Obrigkeitliches und jurisdiktionelles Denken bei der Austreibung der Nürnberger Juden 1498/99; Aspects of stratification of early modern German Jewry: population history and village Jews; Making a living: studies in the economic history of European Jews: Jews and commerce: modern fancies and medieval realities; Jüdische Geldleihe im Mittelalter; Geldleiher und sonst nichts? Zur wirtschaftlichen Tätigkeit der Juden im deutschen Sprachraum des Spätmittelalters; Der jüdische Geldhandel in der Wirtschaft des deutschen Spätmittelalters: Nürnberg 1350-1499; Die jüdische Frau im Erwerbsleben des Spätmittelalters; Der Mankus - eine spätmittelalterliche Auferstehung; Between impotence and power - the Jews in the economy and polity of medieval Europe; Index.

About the Author

Michael Toch is the Conrad M. Black Professor in Ancient and Medieval History at The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at [email protected]

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