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Marking the Jews in Renaissance Italy
Politics, Religion, and the Power of Symbols

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  • Author: Flora Cassen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Date Published: August 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107175433

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  • It is a little known fact that as early as the thirteenth century, Europe's political and religious powers tried to physically mark and distinguish the Jews from the rest of society. During the Renaissance, Italian Jews first had to wear a yellow round badge on their chest, and then later, a yellow beret. The discriminatory marks were a widespread phenomenon with serious consequences for Jewish communities and their relations with Christians. Beginning with a sartorial study - how the Jews were marked on their clothing and what these marks meant - the book offers an in-depth analysis of anti-Jewish discrimination across three Italian city-states: Milan, Genoa, and Piedmont. Moving beyond Italy, it also examines the place of Jews and Jewry law in the increasingly interconnected world of Early Modern European politics.

    • The first book-length treatment of the Jewish badge in over one hundred years, appealing to readers who want to understand the history of the Jewish badge and the history of antisemitism
    • Studies the social, economic, and political ramifications of discriminatory policies in Renaissance Italy, and will be of interest to social and cultural history readers, and those interested in the history of Jews in Europe
    • The focus on the badge as a physical marker allows readers to explore the symbolism behind the marker and its implications then and through time
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    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107175433
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Origins and symbolic meaning of the Jewish badge
    2. Dukes, friars and Jews in fifteenth-century Milan
    3. Strangers at home: the Jewish badge in Spanish Milan (1512–1597)
    4. From black to yellow: loss of solidarity among the Jews of Piedmont
    5. No Jews in Genoa
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Flora Cassen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Flora Cassen is Associate Professor of History and JMA and Sonja Van der Horst Scholar in Jewish History and Culture, both at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the history of Jews in early modern Italy, Spain, and the Mediterranean. She has published articles on these subjects in the Association for Jewish Studies Review and The Journal of Early Modern History.

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