Edicts of Toleration
(2,984 words)

A collective term for the reform laws enacted under Emperor Joseph II in the years 1781 to 1790 for non-Catholics in the Habsburg monarchy. With regard to the position of the Jews, they lifted some legal and economic discrimination, while simultaneously asserting civic responsibilities. Although this did not amount to legal equality, the ordinances contributed to the dissolution of tradition…

Cite this page
Hecht, Louise, “Edicts of Toleration”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 25 June 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0936>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401



▲   Back to top   ▲