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Opola 8, 541 (1599); Ks. m. Opola 9, 36-37 (1611), 92 (1617), 141-42 (1619), 147 (1620), 151 (1620), 184 (1622), 231 (1626), 244 (1627),362(1639),369(1639),371(1639),373(1640),415 (1649),467(1661),588(1688). m. Beliyce 7, 10, (1600), 97 (1608), 102-3 (1609), 376-77 (1635), 391 (1639), 589-90 631-32 (1661), 666 (1669), 677-78 (1673), 678-79 (1673), 712-13 (1694). m. Lubartowa, 2, 24-25 (1571), 159 (1592), 329 (1611), 415 (1622), 434-35 (1624), 452 501-2 (1628). (CAHJP, HM 8220, HM 8221, HM,8222, HM 8236, HM 8205).

Three non-Jews were listed as merchants, and they were all very likely Scots. 62 The third illustrative point relates to the measure of the distance between the Jews and the rest of society in the Polish Commonwealth. Various scholars have posited that Polish Jewry formed "a world apart," virtually untouched culturally and socially by the larger trends in Polish society until at least the second half of the eighteenth century. This widespread presupposition has had as its effect the almost complete absence of comparative studies of Jews and other segments of Polish society in virtually every area, from architecture to styles of preaching, from occupational distribution to modes of dress, from communal organization to attitudes to change and to authority.

The particular concern will be to compare some aspects of the experience of the Jews with that of some of the other non-Polish nonautochthonous groups in Poland from around 1500 to the beginning of the eighteenth century. A framework for discussion is provided by the largely sociological litera- NOTE:Research for this article has been supported by the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Canada Council. , May 1980, and at the Annual Conference of the Institute for Academic and Communal Jewish Studies, Montreal, Quebec, June, 1980.

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