IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1250: Jews in Border Regions, I

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Institut für jüdische Geschichte Österreichs
Organiser:Birgit Wiedl, Institut für jüdische Geschichte Österreichs, St. Pölten
Moderator/Chair:Miri Rubin, School of History, Queen Mary, University of London
Paper 1250-aBusiness without Borders: Jews in the Austro-Hungarian Frontier Region
(Language: English)
Eveline Brugger, Institut für jüdische Geschichte Österreichs, St. Pölten
Index terms: Economics - General, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Local History, Social History
Paper 1250-bChallenges and Chances: Jews in Border Zones of the Northern Areas of the So-Called Eastward Settlement, 14th-16th Centuries
(Language: English)
Jörn Roland Christophersen, Seminar für Judaistik, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main / Arye Maimon-Institut für Geschichte der Juden, Universität Trier
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Local History, Social History
Paper 1250-cLiving on the Edge: The Jews of (and in) 13th-Century Wales
(Language: English)
Dean A. Irwin, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Index terms: Economics - General, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Local History, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

This is the first of two sessions which aim at analyzing the living condition of Jews in border regions throughout Europe. Frontier regions with their specific political, economic, and social conditions posed challenges as well as chances for their inhabitants, and like their Christian counterparts, the Jews of these regions both coped with and took advantage of these unique conditions: they established business and family connections across the (often fluid) borders, sought refuge ‘on the other side’ in times of persecution, and exported their own cultural characteristics into their new homes, thereby influencing and transforming the already existing Jewish communities there.