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42, 44-45, 54-55. AN ADVANTAGE TO PECULIARITY 31 the benefitof theirexemptionsfromduty to PolishJews(1638-1642). Preciselyat this time,objectionswereraisedin thedietinesto Jewishtradein saltpeterwhich was a strategic good. 38 There were fairly strong links with Hungary as well. 40 Yet these international connections gave the Jews no particular advantage over their Gentile competitors. Most of the Christian merchants who engaged in international trade enjoyed ties similar to those of the Jews. 4 There were numerous instances of German merchants moving to Polish towns where they benefited from analogous 36.
William Blackwell (New York, 1974), pp. 139-58. 5. The term seems to have been coined by Blalock. 6. Orlando Patterson, "Context and Choice in Ethnic Allegiance: A Theoretical Framework and Caribbean Case Study," Ethnicity: Theory and Experience, ed. , 1975), pp. 305-49. A similar theme is developed by Abner Cohen, and see the emphasis on the advantages of organization by William Blackwell. 24 GERSHON HUNDERT characteristic of these groups is not so much that of middlemen as that of engagement in mobile pursuits-more violinists than pianists.
117-38. Mr. Eitzen treats the situation of the Jews in Poland from the tenth century to 1963 as if the conditions in which the Jews lived did not change. Reading his article set me to writing mine. 21 22 GERSHON HUNDERT ture on minority status and in particular by certain hypotheses which have been advanced to account for the tendency of some minority groups to engage in specific occupations. These theories tend to stress the positive economic consequences of minority status. They are worthy of consideration here because, like the Jews, the Italians, Scots and Armenians in Poland were substantially involved in commerce.