Obstinate Hebrews representations of Jews in France, 1715-1815

Schechter, Ronald

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  • Enlightenment writers, revolutionaries, and even Napoleon discussed and wrote about France's tiny Jewish population at great length. Why was there so much thinking about Jews when they were a minority of less than one percent and had little economic and virtually no political power? In this unusually wide-ranging study of representations of Jews in eighteenth-century France-both by Gentiles and Jews themselves-Ronald Schechteroffers fresh perspectives on the Enlightenment and French Revolution, on Jewish history, and on the nature of racism and intolerance. Informed by the latest historical sc


  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-317) and index.
  • English


  • Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. A Nation within the Nation? The Jews of Old Regime France; 2. Jews and Philosophes; 3. Jews and Citizens; 4. Contrapuntal Readings: Jewish Self-Representation in Prerevolutionary France; 5. Constituting Differences: The French Revolution and the Jews; 6. Familiar Strangers: Napoleon and the Jews; Conclusion: Jews and Other "Others"; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
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