European Jewry in the Age of Mercantilism, 1550-1750 (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization 3rd Revised edition)

European Jewry in the Age of Mercantilism, 1550-1750 (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization 3rd Revised edition)

By: Jonathan I. Israel (author)Paperback

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This survey history of Jewish life and culture in early modern Europe is the first to focus on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as a radically new phase in Jewish history. The book lays particular emphasis on the reversal of trends in western and central Europe in the late sixteenth century, which was followed by a rapid increase in Jewish numbers and activity, and far-reaching reorganization of Jewish society and institutions. A major consequence of these changes was a much expanded and more varied Jewish role in European civilization as a whole. The first edition of this book was the joint winner of the Wolfson Literary Prize for History in 1986. For this third edition, the book has been updated and includes a new introduction.

About Author

Jonathan I. Israel is Professor in the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, and was formerly Professor of Dutch History and Institutions at the University of London. He is the author of The Dutch Republic and the Hispanic World, 1606-1661 (1986), Dutch Primacy in World Trade, 1585-1740 (1989), Empires and Entrepots: The Dutch, the Spanish Monarchy, and the Jews, 1585-1713 (1990), The Dutch Republic: Its Rise, Greatness, and Fall, 1477-1806 (1995), Conflicts of Empires: Spain, the Low Countries, and the Struggle for World Supremacy, 1585-1713 (1997), Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity, 1650-1750, and Diasporas within a Diaspora: Jews, Crypto-Jews, and the World Maritime Empires, 1540-1740 (2002), and editor of The Anglo-Dutch Moment: Essays on the Glorious Revolution and its World Impact (1991). He has held visiting professorships and research fellowships in the Netherlands and France, and at the University of California at Los Angeles, and is a Fellow of the British Academy.


Preface to the third edition Preface to the first edition Abbreviations Introduction 1 Exodus from the West 2 Turning-Point (1570-1600) 3 Consolidation (1600-1620) 4 Jewish Culture (1550-1650) 5 The Thirty Years War 6 The High Point (I): The 'Court Jews' (1650-1713) 7 The High Point (II): Jewish Society (1650-1713) 8 The High Point (III): 'A Republic Apart' 9 The High Point (IV): Spiritual Crisis (1650-1713) 10 Decline and Renewal (1713-1750) 11 Conclusion Bibliography Primary printed sources Secondary works Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781874774426
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781874774426
  • weight: 500
  • ISBN10: 1874774420
  • edition: 3rd Revised edition

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