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Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation


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Table of Contents

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

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Winner 1998 National Jewish Book Award in History Winner 1998 Koret Prize for History

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How Portuguese conversos reconstructed a Jewish identity and built a community in 17th-century Amsterdam.

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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.


"An engaging introduction to the tortuous plight faced by exiled conversos in Amsterdam and their methods of response." -Choice "In this skilful and well-argued book Miriam Bodian explores the communal history of the Portuguese Jews ... who settled in Amsterdam in the seventeenth century." --Sixteenth Century Journal 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"Eimmigrants in 17th-century Amsterdam fashioned a close and cohesive community that recreated a Jewish religious identity while retaining its Iberian heritage. Winner, 1998 National Jewish Book Award in History Winner, 1998 Koret Jewish Book Award in History "In this skilful and well-argued book Miriam Bodian explores the communal history of the Portuguesse Jews...who settled in Amsterdam in the seventeenth century...[I]ncorporating a rich variety of archival sources and contextual data...Bodian's book is very engaging and an extremely useful contribution to the history of early modern Jewry."-- Sixteenth Century Journal "...a wonderful case study of a particular sub-culture within the Jewish world which came to play a decisive role in early modern Jewish history...Clearly and engagingly written, the book is an excellent introduction to the history and culture of the Western Sephardim." --Aron Rodrigue

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