The Jews of Early Modern Venice
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Jews of Early Modern Venice by Robert C. Davis
Book DescriptionIn this authoritative volume, specialists from many fields of Jewish studies provide an introduction to the history of the ghetto of Venice and up-to-date scholarship on the subject from the perspectives of various disciplines-including political, economic, women's, institutional, social and cultural history, religious studies, and musicology. While the book's coverage extends throughout Venetian history and to the broader contexts of Italy, the main focus is the period when Jewish life in the city was at its most vigorous-from the early sixteenth to early eighteenth centuries, a period which saw the creation of both the cultural heritage and the physical architecture that came to characterize the ghetto. The eleven essays constituting the volume are divided into three sections. The first section, titled "Settlement," provides a historical overview and topographical prologue. The second section, "Ethnicities and Identities," examines the varied social groups that combined to make up the ghetto community. The final section, "Cultures," looks at the traditions of faith, thought, and art which were produced in the Venetian ghetto over the centuries. As the editors point out, the ghetto and its community "paradoxically was at the same time an integral part of the city of Venice while also rigorously excluded from it." The constraints of the ghetto and the concomitant interaction of various Jewish traditions produced a remarkable cultural flowering.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801865121
(229mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 28-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert C. Davis
Renaissance People, Hardback (September 2011)
Highlights notable lives from between 1400 and 1600. This book includes wily politicians, eccentric scientists, fiery rebels and stolid reactionaries, as well as a pornographer, an acrobat, an actress, a poetic prostitute, a star comedian and a least one very fretful mother.
Shipbuilders of the Venetian Arsenal, Paperback (December 2006)
Shipbuilders of the Venetian Arsenal offers new evidence on the ways in which large, state-run manufacturing operations furthered the industrialization process, as well as on the extent of workers' influence on the social dynamics of the early modern European city.
Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters, Hardback (September 2003)
This is a study that digs deeply into this "other" slavery, the bondage of Europeans by north African Muslims that flourished during the same centuries as the heyday of the transatlantic trade from sub-Saharan Africa to the Americas.
Gender and Society in Renaissance Italy, Paperback (April 1998)» View all books by Robert C. Davis
Offering an in-depth synthesis of recent scholarship in the field, this major book presents a broad reconstruction of the Renaissance in Italy as both a social and gendered experience.
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Author Biography - Robert C. Davis
Robert C. Davis is an associate professor of Italian history at the Ohio State University. His publications include Shipbuilders of the Venetian Arsenal, The War of the Fists, and (coedited with Judith Brown) Gender and Society in Renaissance Italy. Benjamin Ravid is Jennie and Mayer Weisman Professor of Jewish History at Brandeis University. He is the author of Economics and Toleration in Seventeenth Century Venice: The Background and Context of the Discorso of Simone Luzzatto.
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