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By Jonathan S. Ray

ISBN-10: 0814729118

ISBN-13: 9780814729113

Honorary point out for the 2014 Medieval and Early glossy Jewish background part publication award awarded by means of the organization for Jewish Studies

On August three, 1492, an identical day that Columbus set sail from Spain, the lengthy and excellent historical past of that nation’s Jewish group formally got here to a detailed. The expulsion of Europe’s final significant Jewish group ended greater than one thousand years of unprecedented prosperity, cultural power and highbrow productiveness. but, the predicament of 1492 additionally gave upward thrust to a dynamic and resilient diaspora society spanning East and West.
 
After Expulsion lines some of the paths of migration and resettlement of Sephardic Jews and Conversos over the process the tumultuous 16th century. Pivotally, the quantity argues that the exiles didn't develop into “Sephardic Jews” in a single day. simply within the moment and 3rd new release did those disparate teams coalesce and undertake a “Sephardic Jewish” identification.
 
After Expulsion offers a brand new and interesting portrait of Jewish society in transition from the medieval to the early glossy interval, a portrait that demanding situations many longstanding assumptions concerning the adjustments among Europe and the center East.
 
 

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Indeed, even the frequent and strident opposition to interreligious contact by both Christian and Jewish leaders failed to deter Jews from integrating into their host society in a number of ways. Jews formed business associations with their Christian neighbors, ate, drank, and socialized with them, and exchanged ideas with one another. 42 With the exception of 1391, attacks against Jews were generally localized to one city or region. Anti-Jewish legislation differed according to kingdom, and often by city, and was enforced with varying degrees of enthusiasm.

As the Christian dominions expanded, Jews became increasingly involved in loaning money to settlers and great barons alike. Though most Jews continued to eke out a meager living as artisans and petty traders, wealthy and influential Jewish families could be found in nearly every major town from Lisbon to Barcelona. In addition to these larger urban centers, Jews also flourished in those recently conquered frontier zones that were in desperate need of merchants, artisans, bankers, and civil servants.

40 But while fighting between Christians and Muslims was often supported by the language of holy war, the long centuries of reconquest were also marked by internecine fighting within both camps. Christian kings accepted Muslims as allies and vassals whose military and monetary support were used to fuel warfare against other Christian lords. Iberian churches were at the mercy of ambitious monarchs who, under the pretext of fighting the “infidel,” would redirect ecclesiastical funds toward their own personal endeavors.

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