New from our research secretariat:
Jews, Europe, and the business of culture

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Women employees of Kaufhaus N. Israel. Pictured in the N. Israel album Arbeit und Erholung (1914). Courtesy of the Leo Baeck Institute.

A newly published issue of the scholarly journal Jewish Culture and History focuses on the intersection between the two research fields of business history and Jewish studies. Editors are Benito Peix Geldart, Maja Hultman and Anders Houltz.

As they point out in the introduction, the theme issue’s five articles discuss different expressions of Jewish entrepreneurship and economic activities in the rise of modern Europe. The authors examine the connections between Jewish entrepreneurship and local, national and European development and ask questions about how Europe’s relationship with Jews throughout history has affected the daily operations of companies and how entrepreneurship itself has in various contexts come to constitute a platform for cultural interaction between Jews and non-Jews. Jews.

As the articles show in various ways, entrepreneurship has not only been a way to earn a living and build wealth, but also played a role in social and cultural contexts – within the framework of economic transactions, integration and cooperation but also oppression and exclusion have at different times taken concrete expressions.

The theme issue is based on a paper that was presented at a two-day digital workshop on 24–25 November 2021, arranged in collaboration between the Center for Business History’s Research Secretariat and the Center for European Research at the University of Gothenburg.

The theme issue includes the following articles: