The profound political, social and cultural changes stirring Western European society in the second half of the 18th century also influenced significant transformations within the Jewish communities: this process, most often described as emancipation of the Jews, continued well into the 19th century and implied changes in legal status, whereby Jews gradually obtained the same civil rights as the Christian population, as well as transformations in occupational structures, cultural habits and perceptions of religion. This contribution focuses on the Jewish community of Brussels in the first quarter of the 19th century, and more particularly on the first seeds of change in occupational structures and residential patterns as consequences of the emancipation process.
|Title of host publication||Mobiliteit en Integratie. De Brabantse steden en migratie. Handelingen van het XVe Colloquium De Brabantse Stad, Antwerpen, 17 en 18 oktober 2008. (Noordbrabants Historisch Jaarboek)|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2010|
- Jewish communities
- Jewish emancipation process