Jews welcome coffee: Tradition and innovation in early modern Germany

Robert Liberles

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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.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherBrandeis University Press
Number of pages169
ISBN (Print)9781611682458
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (all)
  • Social Sciences (all)


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