Emanzipation und Recht. Zur Geschichte der Rechtswissenschaft und der jüdischen Gleichberechtigung
Till van Rahden / Michael Stolleis (Eds.)
Studien zur europäischen Rechtsgeschichte 329
Frankfurt am Main: Klostermann 2021, VIII, 314 p.
In the course of Jewish emancipation in Germany from the 18th century to the First World War, many Jewish students chose to study law. The subject offered access to diverse fields of activity, and it contained a liberal promise of equality. However, this promise was fulfilled only slowly up to 1914 and was later broken by National Socialist Germany. But as long as the prospect of emancipation still seemed realistic, some branches of legal scholarship proved particularly attractive, such as Roman legal history, legal theory and comparative law, commercial and international business law, and, not least, the new labour and social law. The contributions in this volume attempt to explore the reasons for these preferences.