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Joshua Teplitsky

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300234909

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300234909.001.0001

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Politics, Patronage, and Paper

Politics, Patronage, and Paper

Books and Broadsides as Political Objects

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(p.56) Two Politics, Patronage, and Paper
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Prince of the Press
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Joshua Teplitsky

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300234909.003.0003

This chapter examines how David Oppenheim used his courtly connections for his own political struggles and interventions on behalf of others. He continued to purchase books himself, but many Jews found that they had much to gain by giving him books as presents. These books-as-gifts came from as far away as Jerusalem and as near as local communities in Moravia, but all were given in the hopes that Oppenheim's favor might be converted into a form of political patronage. Oppenheim's world of favor and families represents an important instance of this widespread political culture, one that was conducted by Court Jews as much as by princely courtiers. In this system, patronage and clientage were not simply vital elements of individual fortunes or the callously corrupt, but were decisive for the operations of an entire structure of governance, securing the welfare of its constituents and the power of its leaders.

Keywords:   David Oppenheim, Jews, political patronage, political culture, Court Jews, princely courtiers, clientage, books

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