Reassessing Jewish life in Medieval Europe / Robert Chazan
- Chazan, Robert
- Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (xx, 270 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
- Prologue: group narratives: their tenacity and their accuracy -- Introduction: the emergence of medieval European Jewry -- The Jewish middle age: the Jewish view -- The Jewish middle age: the Christian view -- The European middle ages -- The European Jewish middle ages -- Demographic movement and change -- Economic activity -- Status -- Relocations within the Christian populace -- Identity -- Epilogue: the medieval roots of modern Jewish life: destructive aftermath and constructive legacies.
- This book re-evaluates the prevailing notion that Jews in medieval Christian Europe lived under an appalling regime of ecclesiastical limitation, governmental exploitation and expropriation, and unceasing popular violence. Robert Chazan argues that, while Jewish life in medieval Western Christendom was indeed beset with grave difficulties, it was nevertheless an environment rich in opportunities; the Jews of medieval Europe overcame obstacles, grew in number, explored innovative economic options, and fashioned enduring new forms of Jewish living. His research also provides a reconsideration of the legacy of medieval Jewish life, which is often depicted as equally destructive and projected as the underpinning of the twentieth-century catastrophes of antisemitism and the Holocaust. Dr Chazan's research proves that, although Jewish life in the medieval West laid the foundation for much Jewish suffering in the post-medieval world, it also stimulated considerable Jewish ingenuity, which lies at the root of impressive Jewish successes in the modern West.
- 9780511778902 (ebook), 9780521763042 (hardback), and 9780521145435 (paperback)
- Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015).
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