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The Structure Of Jewish Autonomy

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The new material on which the present study is based shows that the Council of the Four Lands consisted of twenty-three constituent bodies, divided into three categories: ten extraterritorial urban communities (Kraków, Poznan, Ciechanowiec, Siemiatycze, Mi\dzyrzecz Podlaski, Lublin, Józefów, D\bica, Przemysl, and Mi\dzyrzecz Korecki); three autonomous major communities (Tykocin, W\grów, and Rzeszów); and ten regional councils (Great Poland, Little Poland, the voivodeship of Lublin, Chelm-Belz, Ordynacja Zamoyska, the district of Przemysl, Samborszczyzna, Rus, Podolia, and Wolyn). The three autonomous major communities consisted of several subordinate urban communities, while the ten regional councils were further divided into several major communities (kehalim rashiyim). The structure of Jewish autonomy in Crown Poland was more complex than what has usually been assumed.

Keywords: Jewish autonomy; Poland; urban communities

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