Jewish Self-Government in Poland and the Polish Partition Territories from 1772 to 1815
The project will culminate in a chapter for an English-language collection of important primary texts on Jewish self-government in Poland from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. My chapter includes annotated sources concerning Jewish self-government in the last years of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, in the Russian, Prussian, and Austrian partition territories, and in the Duchy of Warsaw. This period of transition between the early modern and the modern period had crucial implications for Jewish life and for forms of Jewish self-government in central and eastern Europe. The respective political authorities, especially in the partition territories, aimed at integrating the Jewish population into the existing social and political structures. These reforms had serious repercussions for the internal administration of the Jewish communities.