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The Early Modern Period

The Early Modern Period

Dr. Judith Kalik

The 16th-18th centuries brought with them far-reaching changes and upheavals. How did these affect the way the Jews of Europe were perceived and treated? Let’s begin by focusing on Western Europe and on one of the first major developments taking place during this time – the Protestant Reformation.

What role did Jews and Judaism play for the thinkers of the Reformation?

For additional visual materials as well as relevant quotations please see “downloads” below.


  • Bell, Dean Phillip and Stephen G. Burnett, Jews, Judaism, and the Reformation in Sixteenth-Century Germany (Leiden: Brill, 2006).

  • Bell, Dean Phillip, Jews in the Early Modern World (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).

  • Cameron, Euan, ed., Early Modern Europe: An Oxford History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).

  • Kaufmann, Thomas, Luther’s Jews: A Journey Into Anti-Semitism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).

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