Jews Welcome Coffee - Tradition and Innovation in Early Modern Germany (Paperback)
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Jews Welcome Coffee - Tradition and Innovation in Early Modern Germany (Paperback)

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Paperback 190 Pages / Published: 10/04/2012
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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.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9781611682465
Number of pages: 190
Weight: 276 g
Dimensions: 225 x 151 x 13 mm


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"Liberles teases out unique insights into the financial, religious, and social structure of the Jewish community of early modern Germany through their ties to coffee. But, the greatest benefit of reading his book is realizing how a single edible can be treated as a lens for historical research, proving: 'Ideas alone do not change history, ' sometimes food does."-- "Forward"
"Jews Welcome Coffee tells a surprisingly high-stakes story about the way a single beverage transformed the existing Jewish culture in Europe, and how its status went from a prohibition to an addiction."-- "MyJewish Learning.com"
"Jews Welcome Coffee does an excellent job not only giving background information about its subject, but in portraying the daily life of those who drink it . . . it is filled with thought-provoking insights about how small changes in culture can affect all members of a society."-- "The Reporter, Vestal, NY"
"Liberles does articulate intriguing ideas about an interesting pocket of intersection between history, culture, and religious law. Liberles' research is thorough and diverse throughout, and each chapter of Jews Welcome Coffee presents an entirely new lens through which to examine the history of coffee consumption as we know it today."-- "Jewish Book World"

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