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This volume, which draws on new sources, presents the Jewish salons of Berlin around 1800 as a lively and at the same time fragile network of communication. The salon society of 1794/95, the book’s year of focus, reveals a culture of sociality in which highly diverse venues could become ‘salons’ and it puts the salons’ guests and hostesses (back) in the limelight. Selected profiles of the correspondence, which sometimes lasted for decades and has now been reconstructed, allow an examination of turning points in the perception of Jewish hostesses and of possible interactions between salons and the contemporary discourse on emancipatory issues.
Hannah Lotte Lund, Kleist-Museum, Frankfurt (Oder).
"unkonventionelle und meinungsfreudige Studie"Nikolaus Gatter in: Almanach der Varnhagen-Gesellschaft 3/2015
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