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Hebräischer Buchdruck zwischen Hofjuden-Mäzenatentum und christlicher Zensur Wie die Harzstadt Blankenburg nicht zum jüdischen Publikationsort wurde

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In a petty German principality around 1700, an influential Court Jew wants a traditional Hebrew commentary published. The printer he commissions moves shop and starts printing, not aware of severe clerical censorship. With part of the job done he has to move to another location hoping for a more liberal policy there. Within the absolutist system the episode highlights the opportunities and the limits of Court Jew's influence, as well as the prince's wavering between the prospect of profiting from a new trade and the fear of risking covert un-Christian propaganda.


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