The Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences

Lumina quaeruntur (CAS)

Migration and mobility in Prague’s Jewish community during the transition from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period
Migrace a mobilita v pražské židovské obci na přechodu od středověku k ranému novověku

Holder: Institute of History of the CAS
Principal investigator: Mgr. Marie Buňatová, Dr. phil.

Project Identification Code: LQ300151901
Duration: 2019–2023

The project focuses on the mapping of the migration processes that the Jewish community in Prague experienced during the transition from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period. The main objective is to describe these processes while at the same time illustrate how and to what extent they participated in the creation and transformations of Prague’s Jewish community in the period from the accession of the reign of Władysław II Jagiełło to the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries. The research will focus on the internal migration (i.e. from the Czech lands), on the immigration of Jews to Prague from abroad (from the German lands, Italy etc.), but also on the departures of Prague Jews abroad in connection with the several waves of expulsions during the 16th century. The broader social-political connections of these migrations (identification of the causes, level of the stability of the legal environment, etc.) will be observed as well as their influence on Prague’s Jewish community and its political-administrative, demographic, sociocultural, religious and economic development. The aim of the project is a complex comprehension of the given theme, which will be presented at a number of conferences and outputs in the form of specialized studies, a proceedings from a conference and a final collective monograph.