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Jews Welcome Coffee: Tradition and Innovation in Early Modern Germany
by Robert Liberles
Brandeis University Press, 2012
eISBN: 978-1-61168-247-2 | Paper: 978-1-61168-246-5 | Cloth: 978-1-61168-245-8
Library of Congress Classification GT2919.G3L53 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 641.33730943

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Tracing the introduction of coffee into Europe, Robert Liberles challenges long-held assumptions about early modern Jewish history and shows how the Jews harnessed an innovation that enriched their personal, religious, social, and economic lives. Focusing on Jewish society in Germany in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and using coffee as a key to understanding social change, Liberles analyzes German rabbinic rulings on coffee, Jewish consumption patterns, the commercial importance of coffee for various social strata, differences based on gender, and the efforts of German authorities to restrict Jewish trade in coffee, as well as the integration of Jews into society.
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