Using cutting-edge theory regarding trade networks and diaspora, this study challenges the historiographical argument that the Sephardim, and indeed, a variety of religio-ethnic groups, achieved their commercial success by relying on geographically dispersed family members and fellow ethnics. The book’s findings challenge the reigning understanding that commercial success stemmed from endogamous business relationships and socio-cultural insularity. The book demonstrates that the most successful Sephardic merchants of early seventeenth century Amsterdam built their fortunes not thanks to familial or diasporic connections, but through “loose ties,” economic networks comprised of non-Sephardim. Focusing on three of the most prominent Sephardic merchants in Amsterdam, and a random sampling of other Sephardi merchants, the book reveals a multi-ethnic and multi-religious trade network of non-Jewish merchants.
The Same but Different?
Edited by Shlomo Simonsohn, Tel-Aviv University and Joseph Shatzmiller, Duke University
This volume contains the proceedings of the Italia Judaica Jubilee Conference, held at Tel Aviv University 3-5 January, 2010, on the occasion of the jubilee celebration of outstanding scholarship on the history of Italian Jewry.
Ilse Josepha Lazaroms, Central European University
In The Grace of Misery. Joseph Roth and the Politics of Exile 1919–1939 Ilse Josepha Lazaroms offers an account of the life and intellectual legacy of Joseph Roth, one of interwar Europe's most critical and modern writers.
Edited by Edna Nahshon,
A collection of essays by an international cadre of theater scholars, which addresses Jewish theater practitioners, playwrights, critics, financiers and audiences roles in the development of the European and American theater.
Edited by Ilana Zinguer, Abraham Melamed, and Zur Shalev
This collection of essays offers a fresh look into Christian-Jewish cultural interactions during the Renaissance and beyond. Christian scholars, it is shown, were deeply immersed in a variety of Hebrew sources, while their Jewish counterparts imbibed the culture of Humanism.
The martyrdom of a young Jewish girl from Tangier in 1834 sparked a literary response that continues today. This book translates and analyzes printed and manuscript versions of her story in Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Spanish, Spanish and French written in the first century after her death.
The history of the Jews in Sicily covers a period of over a thousand years, from Antiquity to the Expulsion, based on some 40,000 archival records, most of them hitherto unpublished. It illustrates the political, legal, economic, social and religious vicissitudes of the Jewish minority and its ...
Marvin J. Heller
The Seventeenth Century Hebrew Book covers the gamut of Hebrew literature in that century. Each entry has a descriptive text page and an accompaning reproduction. There is an extensive introduction with an overview of Hebrew printing in the seventeenth century.
Dealing with some of the main aspects of general history among the Jews of nineteenth-century Iran, this book provides the reader with over 40 selected archival and published sources. Analyzed and annotated in detail, the sources shed light on the general history, community, culture, and ...
Mor Altshuler, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem
This book goes back to the early days of Hasidism and retells its beginning with an esoteric circle of messianic Kabbalists that established the first Hasidic court. Paradoxically, their failure to bring redemption enabled the growth of Hasidism from a small group of devotees to a mass movement, ...
Edited by Yosef Kaplan
The articles of this volume deal with the connections between the history and culture of the Jews of the Netherlands from the beginning of the seventeenth century until the Holocaust and its aftermath, and phenomena and processes that distinguish all of Jewish history in the modern period.
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