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Mediterranean EnlightenmentLivornese Jews, Tuscan Culture, and Eighteenth-Century Reform$
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Francesca Bregoli

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804786508

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804786508.001.0001

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Six Coffee and Gambling Jewish Recreation and “National” Separation

Six Coffee and Gambling Jewish Recreation and “National” Separation

(p.152) Six Coffee and Gambling Jewish Recreation and “National” Separation
Mediterranean Enlightenment

Francesca Bregoli

Stanford University Press

This chapter investigates eighteenth-century Jewish and Tuscan governmental attempts to regulate social behavior by focusing on Jewish coffeehouses and the laws on gambling within those premises. Through a consideration of Jewish policies relative to coffee shops, it continues exploring the ways in which the Livornese Jewish community adapted to reforms promoted by the Tuscan state. It shows that in the sphere of leisure time, developments in the Livornese Jewish community paralleled and mirrored reformist endeavors championed by the Tuscan authorities. The chapter additionally assesses the tension between the normative expectations of separation between Jews and gentiles in spaces of recreation such as coffeehouses and the more fluid reality of the port, and it tests engrained scholarly assumptions about the coffeehouse as a public venue of association.

Keywords:   coffeehouses, gambling, reforming absolutism, communal authority, Habermas, Jewish-Christian relations, Jewish entrepreneurs

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