Jews and Blacks in the Early Modern World (Hardback)
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Jews and Blacks in the Early Modern World (Hardback)

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Hardback 560 Pages / Published: 12/04/2004
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This book offers the first in-depth treatment of Jewish images of and behavior toward Blacks during the period of peak Jewish involvement in Atlantic slave-holding. Based on a wide-range of sources in several languages, many previously unexplored and unpublished in English, it addresses some basic scholarly questions: What do primary sources tell us about relations between early modern Blacks and Jews? What do Jewish sources, textual and archival, convey about Blacks? If Jews lived according to Jewish law, did Jewish behavior toward their slaves take shape under its influence? What does the Jewish legal tradition say about slavery and behavior toward slaves? Is there a connection between Jewish textual attitudes toward Blacks and Jewish behavior toward them? If so, how do the two inform one another? Attempting to move beyond inter-ethnic polemics, this book constructs a cultural and social portrait of Jews - mostly Sephardic - amid a larger socio-economic context, one from which Jews differed little, their religious otherness notwithstanding.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521820219
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 901 g
Dimensions: 235 x 163 x 39 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"...superb..." -Itinerario
"A work of immense scholarship and elegant writing--encyclopedic in scope." -Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies
"The study as a whole is an important contribution to research and should be read by all thsoe interested in understanding the formation of the modern Jewish mentality." -Abraham Melamed, University of Haifa
"Schorsch has written an imposing and illuminating[...]book on an important and often polemically cahrged subject. Ideally, Jews and Blacks in the Early Modern World will be a major contribution to that yet-to-be-written history of the origins and development of European racism." -April G. Shelford, American University, American Jewish History

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