Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation: Conversos And Community In Early Modern Amsterdam by Miriam Bodian

Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation: Conversos And Community In Early Modern Amsterdam

byMiriam Bodian

Paperback | July 22, 1999

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"An engaging introduction to the tortuous plight faced by exiled conversos in Amsterdam and their methods of response. Choicet; In this skillful and well-argued book Miriam Bodian explores the communal history of the Portuguese Jews... who settled in Amsterdam in the seventeenth century." -Sixteenth Century Journa

Drawing on family and communal records, diaries, memoirs, and literary works, among other sources, Miriam Bodian tells the moving story of how Portuguese "new Christian" immigrants in 17th-century Amsterdam fashioned a close and cohesive community that recreated a Jewish religious identity while retaining its Iberian heritage.

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Miriam Bodian is Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She has taught at Yeshiva University and the University of Michigan and has been a fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Oxford.

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Title:Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation: Conversos And Community In Early Modern AmsterdamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.69 inPublished:July 22, 1999Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253213517

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
1. Introduction
2. The Forgin of a Community: Early Years in Amsterdam
3. The Dutch Context: Working Out a Modus Vivendi
4. Iberian Memory and Its Perpetuation
5. The Rejudaization of "the Nation"
6. Maintaining "the Nation" in Exile
Conclusion
Personalia
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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This is a fascinating recounting of the flight of the Conversos — forcibly baptized Jews — from the Iberian Inquisitions to their new home in religiously tolerant Amsterdam. Hebrews Of The Portuguese Nation: Conversos and Community In Early Modern Amsterdam by Miriam Bodian tells their harrowing tale of the merchants, professionals, intellectuals and other Portuguese Jews who settled in Holland in the 17th century to reassert their faith. Powerful and thought provoking, this is an engaging historical retelling of a people’s emancipation.