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When did Ashkenazi Jews become the majority of world Jewry?

It was relatively recently, no?

And how did they get to be over 90% of all Jews at their height? That’s a pretty far cry from being a small and relatively unimportant diaspora community in the Middle Ages (especially when compared with the Geonim and Sephardim).

Did this population explosion have anything to do with Ashkenazim themselves or was it more a result of Europe’s general population boom in the modern period?

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