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Money, Power, and Influence in Eighteenth-Century Lithuania
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Money, Power, and Influence in Eighteenth-Century Lithuania: The Jews on the Radziwiłł Estates

Adam Teller

Abstract

This study demonstrates how Jewish economic activity on the magnate estates in the eighteenth-century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth enriched, empowered, and reshaped Jewish—and Polish-Lithuanian—society. The analysis follows the New institutional economics (NIE) approach to detail Jews’ roles in the estates’ economic institutions—especially the markets, often overlooked in studying the feudal economy. It examines the economic roles played by Jews on the estates of the Radziwiłł magnate dynasty. This was a late feudal economy, so its study demonstrates how Jews formed part of a pre-capitalist ... More

Keywords: Polish Jews, Lithuanian Jews, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Belarus, magnate estates, Radziwiłł family, Jewish economic history, late feudalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780804798440
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804798440.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Teller, author
Brown University