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The myth of the medieval Jewish moneylender / Julie L. Mell.

Author/Creator:
Mell, Julie, author.
Publication:
New York, NY, U.S.A. : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]- , ©2017
Series:
Palgrave studies in cultural and intellectual history.
Palgrave studies in cultural and intellectual history
Format/Description:
Book
volumes : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Subjects:
Jews -- Europe -- History.
Jews in public life -- Europe -- History.
Middle Ages -- Historiography.
Moneylenders -- Europe.
Jews
Jews in public life.
Middle Ages -- Historiography.
Moneylenders.
Europe.
Local subjects:
Jews -- Europe -- Economic conditions.
Jews -- Great Britain -- Economic conditions.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
"This book challenges a common historical narrative, which portrays medieval Jews as moneylenders who filled an essential economic role in Europe. It traces how and why this narrative was constructed as a philosemitic narrative in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in response to the rise of political antisemitism. This book also documents why it is a myth for medieval Europe, and illuminates how changes in Jewish history change our understanding of European history. Each chapter offers a novel interpretation of central topics, such as the usury debate, commercial contracts, and moral literature on money and value to demonstrate how the revision of Jewish history leads to new insights in European history"-- Publisher's website.
Contents:
Introduction: Jousting with Windmills
The Economic Function of the Jews: A Nineteenth-Century Story
Twentieth-Century Trajectories in European Economic History and the "Economic Function of the Jews"
"Rich as a Jew"? Wealth and Lending among Anglo-Jews
An Economic Function for the Crown? On Tallage, Taxation, and the Legal Status of the Jews.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781137397768
1137397764
9783319341859
3319341855
OCLC:
1007826843
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