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In: The Baltic Battle of Books
Formation and Relocation of European Libraries in the Confessional Age (c. 1500–c. 1650) and Their Afterlife
This book is about the creation, relocation, and reconstruction of libraries between the late Middle Ages and the Age of Confessionalization, that is, the era of religious division and struggle in Northern Europe following the Reformation and Counter-Reformation in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. At the time, different creeds clashed with each other, but it was also a period in which the political and intellectual geography of Europe was redrawn. Centuries-old political, economic, and cultural networks fell apart and were replaced with new ones. Books and libraries were at the centre of these cultural, political, and religious transformations, frequently seized as war booties and appropriated by their new owners in distant locations.
This book aims to create an integral picture of the social, economic and cultural history of the Jews in Lithuania during the course of more than six hundred years – from the Middle Ages to the 1990s. It is a translation of the study “Lietuvos žydai. Istorinė studija” (Engl. “Lithuanian Jews. Historical study”), published in Lithuanian in 2012. The Book was written by an international group of scholars from Lithuania, Israel, the United States of America and Germany.

The world of Lithuanian Jewry is reconstructed through different aspects of the development of community and society: demography, social and economic activity, self-government institutions of the community, cultural and religious movements, literature and the press, education, discriminative policy of the authorities and relations with the dominant church, segregation, assimilation and changes of identity, anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust.
In: The Baltic Battle of Books
Identity, Freedom, and Moral Imagination in the Baltics
Is it useful to describe the Baltic Sea Region as situated between East and West, or between North and South? How has Balticness manifested itself, both historically and in modern times, in the region and beyond? This series presents new views on the Baltic Sea Region from national, regional, and global perspectives. Rather than limited to the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, the series understands Balticness as a broader notion referring to communities, states, and networks around the Baltic Sea. Our interest is the multiplicity of interactions between various groups and actors which transcend national, political, cultural, and social boundaries and often have a global reach. The series promotes a critical examination of politics, identities, and cultural phenomena through their multilevel contacts, interactions, tensions, and conflicts that have shaped the region from premodern periods to the present. Studies in the series draw on inter- and transdisciplinary approaches, ranging from the humanities to social sciences. The series prioritises area studies research addressing political, social, and intercultural entanglements, as well as various forms of intellectual, artistic, and social transfer, all of which call for the adoption of transregional perspectives. Examples include relationships between the centre and periphery, between major and minor actors, between actors below and above state levels, together with the role of discourses of historical and cultural diversity, as well as of appropriation and reconciliation.

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