Jewish expulsion from Spain and other parts of Western Europe in the late 1400s ironically initiated a “golden age” for Jewish economic life. Jewish merchants living under Ottoman Muslim rule sparked the creation of international networks of maritime and overland commerce, leading to the restoration of Jews to lands from which they had long been excluded, and eventually to the acquisition of citizenship rights, starting in the late 18th century. What was the day-to-day life of Jews like in that early modern period? How did Jews transact business with each other and with non-Jews? How were law suits conducted or bankruptcy declared? And what of the majority of Jews who were humble servants and craftsmen? This discussion with leading historians aims to recreate the fabric of daily Jewish life in a fascinating era.
Participants: Jay Berkovitz (University of Massachusetts Amherst, NEH Scholar), Francesca Trevillato (Yale University), Debra Kaplan (Yeshiva University), Jonathan Karp (SUNY Binghamton, Executive Director, AJHS), Moderator.
CJH > $15 general; $10 CJH members; $8 students
For tickets, please call 212-868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com.
Judith C. Siegel
Director of Academic and Public Programs
Center for Jewish History
15 W. 16th St.
New York, NY 10011
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