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 Mitchell B. Merback
Bringing together thirteen leading art historians, Beyond the Yellow Badge seeks to reframe the relationship between European visual culture and the many changing aspects of the Christian majority’s negative conceptions of Jews and Judaism during the Middle Ages and early modern periods.
This is the first comprehensive study of the images in five profusely illustrated Yiddish books from sixteenth-century Italy: a manuscript of Jewish customs, and four printed volumes - two books of customs, a chivalric romance, and a book of fables.
Roni Weinstein. Translated by Batya Stein.
The book describes the three major phases of the marriage ritual (matchmaking, betrothal, the wedding), and presents thematic issues, such as the youth sub-culture, gift exchanges, the honor ethos. It is based on a wealth of primary documents, mainly manuscripts, in various literary genres.
Textes recueillis et édités par Ilana Y. Zinguer and Sam W. Bloom
With France as its focal point, the volume also contains essays that treat various perceptions of Jews during the same period in England, Germany, and Italy. Interdisciplinary in nature, this collection treats the Jewish question from historical, literary, and sociological angles.
Marvin J. Heller
The Sixteenth 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 sixteenth century.
This book studies Abraham Ibn Ezra’s (1089-1167) scientific thought. His life and oeuvre are viewed as the very embodiment of ‘the rise of medieval Hebrew science’, a process in which Jewish scholars gradually adopted the holy tongue as a vehicle to express scientific ideas.
This book contributes to the study of a major trend in Modern Hebrew literature, the prophetic mode and the image of the poet as a prophet-hero and artist, following the Romantic and the Symbolist movements in Europe and unique Jewish history in ancient and modern times.
Jonathan I. Israel
This volume concerns the Sephardic Jewish diaspora, and the connected 'New Christian' diaspora, during the period 1540-1740 when these linked networks played a unique role in the six great European maritime empires of the time - the Venetian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English and French.
Edited by Jonathan Israel and Reinier Salverda
This volume, consisting of seventeen studies by leading experts in the field, constitutes an important new survey of Dutch jewish history.
The essays in this book depict the social and intellectual ferment of the former Marranos from Spain and Portugal who returned to the fold of Judaism in Western Europe during the seventeenth century and established new Jewish communities in Amsterdam, Hamburg and London.
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