Extraterritorial Dreams: European Citizenship, Sephardi Jews, And The Ottoman Twentieth Century

Paperback | June 10, 2016

bySarah Abrevaya Stein

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We tend to think of citizenship as something that is either offered or denied by a state. Modern history teaches otherwise. Reimagining citizenship as a legal spectrum along which individuals can travel, Extraterritorial Dreams explores the history of Ottoman Jews who sought, acquired, were denied or stripped of citizenship in Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—as the Ottoman Empire retracted and new states were born—in order to ask larger questions about the nature of citizenship itself.

Sarah Abrevaya Stein traces the experiences of Mediterranean Jewish women, men, and families who lived through a tumultuous series of wars, border changes, genocides, and mass migrations, all in the shadow of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the ascendance of the modern passport regime. Moving across vast stretches of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas, she tells the intimate stories of people struggling to find a legal place in a world ever more divided by political boundaries and competing nationalist sentiments. From a poor youth who reached France as a stowaway only to be hunted by the Parisian police as a spy to a wealthy Baghdadi-born man in Shanghai who willed his fortune to his Eurasian Buddhist wife, Stein tells stories that illuminate the intertwined nature of minority histories and global politics through the turbulence of the modern era.

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We tend to think of citizenship as something that is either offered or denied by a state. Modern history teaches otherwise. Reimagining citizenship as a legal spectrum along which individuals can travel, Extraterritorial Dreams explores the history of Ottoman Jews who sought, acquired, were denied or stripped of citizenship in Europe i...

Sarah Abrevaya Stein is professor of history and Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. A Guggenheim Fellow, she is the author of many books, including Saharan Jews and the Fate of French Algeria, also published by the University of Chicago Press.  

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:June 10, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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“In Extraterritorial Dreams, Stein takes the reader on a virtual world tour, from Istanbul to Shanghai and back again to France and Salonica, tracking the experiences and legal destinies of Ottoman Jewish ‘protégés’ as the Ottoman Empire itself devolved in the twentieth century. Through these far-flung stories, she paints a picture of a world where one’s passport could mean everything and nothing, and sometimes both at the same time.”—Christine Philliou, author of Biography of an Empire