Emancipation
(8,216 words)

The battle cry of “emancipation,” coined with the Enlightenment, refers in its narrower sense to the “liberation” of the European Jews from their premodern status as autonomous foreigners through political-legal equality with the rest of the citizens. In addition to this, the term came to be used for the concomitant social and cultural assimilation processes (Assimilation). Legal emancipation was carried out in France a…

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Wilke, Carsten L., “Emancipation”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 18 June 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0200>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401



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