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Jewish Demography And Geography

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Two systematic administrative sources - the 1764/65 census and the Jewish poll tax lists - provide a solid statistical basis for studying the Jewish population in Crown Poland during the eighteenth century. The proposed poll tax potential is not, of course, a true count of Crown Poland's Jewish population, but this figure may be regarded as the best available independent and contemporary verification tool for census data. Comparing the hypothetical poll tax potential and the actual census figures produces promising results. The poll tax potential is consistently higher than the census values in all fiscal units, as well as in the grand total, where the difference stands at 17.5%. The three voivodeships of Western Prussia - Pomorze, Chelmno, and Malbork - are entirely missing from the poll tax lists, with the exception of two suburbs of Gdansk and of Szembruk in the Chelmno voivodeship.

Keywords: Crown Poland; Jewish poll tax; poll tax potential; voivodeships

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