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Jews of Medieval Western Christendom 1000-1500 (Robert Chazan) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2007) 9780521846660
Jews of Medieval Western Christendom 1000-1500 (Robert Chazan) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2007) 9780521846660
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Title: The Jews of Medieval Western Christendom 1000-1500

Author: Chazan, Robert

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2007

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521846660

Volumes: 1; Pages: 360

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Between the years A.D. 1000 and 1500, western Christendom absorbed by conquest and attracted through immigration a growing number of Jews. This community was to make a valuable contribution to rapidly developing European civilisation but was also to suffer some terrible setbacks, culminating in a series of expulsions from the more advanced westerly areas of Europe. At the same time, vigorous new branches of world Jewry emerged and a rich new Jewish cultural legacy was created. In this important new historical synthesis, Robert Chazan discusses the Jewish experience over a 500 year period across the entire continent of Europe. As well as being the story of medieval Jewry, the book simultaneously illuminates important aspects of majority life in Europe during this period. This book is essential reading for all students of medieval Jewish history and an important reference for any scholar of medieval Europe.ContentsPrefaceIntroductionPart I. Pre-Medieval Legacies1. The Jewish legacy2. The Muslim legacy3. The Christian legacyPart II. The Older Jewries of the South1. Italy2. Southern France3. Christian Spain; Part III. The Newer Jewries of the North1. France2. Germany3. England4. Eastern EuropePart IV. The Constellation of Forces1. The Roman Catholic Church2. The Monarchies3. The Barony4. The Christian populace5. The organized Jewish community6. The Jewish populacePart V. Majority-Minority Successes1. Settlement2. Security3. Economy4. Communal integrityPart VI. Majority Challenges and Minority Response: 1. Proselytizing and resistance2. Cultural creativity3. Re-defining Jewish FaithPart VII. Insurmountable Obstacles1. Restrictive ecclesiastical policies2. Negative ecclesiastical preaching3. Accelerating popular intolerance4. Political manipulationPart VIII. Post-Medieval Legacies1. Expulsion from the western areas2. Negative sterotypes3. Demographic mobility4. Economic adaptability5. Spiritual and intellectual creativityA guide to further reading
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