By Esther Benbassa
In the 1st English-language version of a basic, man made historical past of French Jewry from antiquity to the current, Esther Benbassa tells the exciting story of the social, financial, and cultural vicissitudes of a humans in diaspora. With verve and perception, she finds the range of Jewish existence all through France's areas, whereas displaying how Jewish id has always redefined itself in a rustic identified for either the Rights of guy and the Dreyfus affair. starting with overdue antiquity, she charts the migrations of Jews into France and strains their fortunes during the making of the French nation, the Revolution, the increase of contemporary anti-Semitism, and the present renewal of curiosity in Judaism.
As early because the fourth century, Jews inhabited Roman Gaul, and via the reign of Charlemagne, a few figured prominently at courtroom. The belief of Jewish impression on France's rulers contributed to a conflict among church and monarchy that will culminate within the mass expulsion of Jews within the fourteenth century. The e-book examines the re-entry of small numbers of Jews as New Christians within the Southwest and the emergence of a brand new French Jewish inhabitants with the country's acquisition of Alsace and Lorraine.
The saga of modernity comes subsequent, starting with the French Revolution and the granting of citizenship to French Jews. certain but quick-paced discussions of key episodes persist with: development made towards social and political integration, the transferring social and demographic profiles of Jews within the 1800s, Jewish participation within the economic system and the humanities, the mass migrations from japanese Europe on the flip of the 20 th century, the Dreyfus affair, persecution lower than Vichy, the Holocaust, and the postwar arrival of North African Jews.
Reinterpreting such subject matters as assimilation, acculturation, and pluralism, Benbassa reveals that French Jews have built-in effectively with no consistently risking lack of identification. released to nice acclaim in France, this e-book brings vital present concerns to undergo at the research of Judaism mostly, whereas making for dramatic reading.
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The Jews of France: A History from Antiquity to the Present by Esther Benbassa