The Medici State and the Ghetto of Florence: The Construction of an Early Modern Jewish Community

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“Boldly revisionist in its analysis of Jewish segregation, Siegmund’s highly nuanced argument dovetails nicely with an emerging scholarly consensus regarding state formation and social discipline in early modern Italy.”—CHOICE
"This is an original, pioneering book..."—The Times Literary Supplement

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Overview

“Boldly revisionist in its analysis of Jewish segregation, Siegmund’s highly nuanced argument dovetails nicely with an emerging scholarly consensus regarding state formation and social discipline in early modern Italy.”—CHOICE
"This is an original, pioneering book..."—The Times Literary Supplement

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"Thanks to this well-documented work by Stefanie B. Siegmund, we now have a reliable account of . . . the creation of the florentine ghetto in 1570."—Brendan Dooley, International Journal of the Classical Tradition

"This is an original, pioneering book . . . "—The Times Literary Supplement

"This book has been lauded and recognized by two prestigious prizes and is already being cited as marking a new path in the study of Jewish-Christian relations in premodern Europe . . . the book is nothing if not stimulating and will remain the touchstone for all future research into Florentine Jewish history in this period."—Renaissance Quarterly

"A richly-detailed study . . . The ghetto, whatever the specific circumstances of its creation, represented order at the expense of liberty. But Siegmund has made it more difficult to generalize indiscriminately and facilely."—Catholic Historical Review

"Boldly revisionist in its analysis of Jewish segregation, Siegmunds highly nuanced argument dovetails nicely with an emerging scholarly consensus regarding state formation and social discipline in early modern Italy."—CHOICE

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Meet the Author

Stefanie Siegmund is Associate Professor of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.

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Table of Contents

A chronology of select events related to the ghettoization
Introduction : early modern boundaries and the place of the Jews 1
1 Residential segregation : religious and political contexts 51
2 State-building and the status of the Jews 88
3 Before the ghetto : the settlement and connections of Jews in Tuscany 135
4 Staging the expulsion : the proceedings against the Jews 171
5 Locating, financing and constructing the ghetto 201
6 Populating the ghetto 223
7 A new Tuscan commune : centralization and semi-autonomy in the Medici state 241
8 Measuring lengths and distances in the ghetto and city : economic parameters 292
9 From virilocal to local : marriage in the Florentine ghetto 332
10 The developing early modern Jewish community and the continuing redefinition of Jewishness 386
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