Jews and Blacks in the Early Modern World

Jews and Blacks in the Early Modern World

by Jonathan Schorsch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521820219

ISBN-13: 9780521820219

Pub. Date: 12/31/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Going beyond inter-ethnic polemics, this book describes the ways Jews imagined and treated Blacks during the first three centuries of the Atlantic slave trade and European colonialism. Jonathan Schorsch uses many previously unexamined sources to reveal the scope of Jewish anti-Blackness in Portugal, the Ottoman Empire, Italy, Amsterdam and the Caribbean. His study

Overview

Going beyond inter-ethnic polemics, this book describes the ways Jews imagined and treated Blacks during the first three centuries of the Atlantic slave trade and European colonialism. Jonathan Schorsch uses many previously unexamined sources to reveal the scope of Jewish anti-Blackness in Portugal, the Ottoman Empire, Italy, Amsterdam and the Caribbean. His study concludes that Jewish attitudes and behavior remained barely distinguishable from general European trends, less intense, although hardly benign.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521820219
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2003
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.54(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Abravanel's ambivalent Africans; 3. Jews and their slaves: theory and reality; 4. Blacks in Jewish society East of the Atlantic; 5. Moshe's Kushite wife; 6. Imagining Kushites; 7. Explorations in the cross-cultural genealogy of the curse of Ham; 8. Inventing Jewish whiteness in the seventeenth-century Western Sephardic diaspora; 9. The religious life of slaves belonging to Jews in the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Dutch and English colonies; 10. Into the enlightenment: Jews and Blacks in the long eighteenth century; 11. Conclusion; 12. Appendices.

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