The Age Of Secrecy: Jews, Christians, And The Economy Of Secrets, 1400?1800

Hardcover | May 26, 2015

byDaniel Jütte (jutte)Translated byJeremiah Riemer

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The fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries were truly an Age of Secrecy in Europe, when arcane knowledge was widely believed to be positive knowledge that extended into all areas of daily life, from the economic, scientific, and political spheres to the general activities of ordinary people.
  
So asserts Daniel Jütte in this engrossing, vivid, and award-winning work. He maintains that the widespread acceptance and even reverence for this “economy of secrets” in premodern Europe created a highly complex and sometimes perilous space for mutual contact between Jews and Christians. Surveying the interactions between the two religious groups in a wide array of secret sciences and practices—including alchemy, cryptography, medical arcana, technological and military secrets, and intelligence—the author relates true stories of colorful “professors of secrets” and clandestine encounters. In the process Jütte examines how our current notion of secrecy is radically different in this era of WikiLeaks, Snowden, et al., as opposed to centuries earlier when the truest, most important knowledge was generally considered to be secret by definition.

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The fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries were truly an Age of Secrecy in Europe, when arcane knowledge was widely believed to be positive knowledge that extended into all areas of daily life, from the economic, scientific, and political spheres to the general activities of ordinary people.    So asserts Daniel Jütte in this engro...

Daniel Jütte is currently a junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows and a lecturer in the Department of History at Harvard. Jeremiah Riemer is an esteemed translator whose most recent translation from German is Michael Brenner’s A Short History of the Jews.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1.19 inPublished:May 26, 2015Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300190980

ISBN - 13:9780300190984

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“This panoramic view of the European economy of secrets is a remarkable achievement . . . opening a vista onto an otherwise obscure world.”—Raphael Magarik, MAKE Literary Magazine