Glenn DynnerYankel’s Tavern: Jews, Liquor, and Life in the Kingdom of Poland

Oxford University Press, 2014

by Jason Schulman on December 1, 2015

Glenn Dynner

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In Yankel's Tavern: Jews, Liquor, and Life in the Kingdom of Poland (Oxford UP, 2014), Glenn Dynner, Professor of Religion at Sarah Lawrence College, explores the world of Jewish-run taverns in nineteenth-century Eastern Europe.  Jews had to fend off reformers and government officials that sought to drive Jews out of the liquor trade.

Dynner argues that many nobles helped their Jewish tavernkeepers evade fees, bans, and expulsions by installing Christians as fronts for their taverns, revealing a surprising level of Polish-Jewish co-existence that changes the way we think about life in the Kingdom of Poland.

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