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Obstinate Hebrews

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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 Franceand#151;both by Gentiles and Jews themselvesand#151;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 scholarship and by the insights of cultural theory, Obstinate Hebrews is a fascinating tale of cultural appropriation cast in the light of modern society's preoccupation with the "other."

Schechter argues that the French paid attention to the Jews because thinking about the Jews helped them reflect on general issues of the day. These included the role of tradition in religion, the perfectibility of human nature, national identity, and the nature of citizenship. In a conclusion comparing and contrasting the "Jewish question" in France with discourses about women, blacks, and Native Americans, Schechter provocatively widens his inquiry, calling for a more historically precise approach to these important questions of difference.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-317) and index.

Synopsis:

"Obstinate Hebrews gives us a startling new look at both the Enlightenment and the Jewish presence in eighteenth-century France. Both sets of voices come through loud and clear: the Philosophes debating citizenship for the Jews with much more complexity than has been believed; Jews responding with their own self-perceptions, claiming they could be French patriots and practitioners of the Jewish religion at the same time. The universal and the particular are in constant interaction in Schechter's lively pages. His book, through its deep immersion in the eighteenth century, speaks to issues of our time."and#151;Natalie Zemon Davis, author of Women on the Margins: Three Seventeenth Century Lives

About the Author

Ronald Schechter is Associate Professor in the Lyon Gardiner Tyler Department of History, The College of William and Mary. He is editor of The French Revolution: The Essential Readings (2001).

Table of 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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520235571
Subtitle:
Representations of Jews in France, 1715-1815
Author:
Schechter, Ronald
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
General
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
France
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Jews in literature
Subject:
French literature
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Studies on the history of society and culture ;
Series Volume:
[26]49
Publication Date:
20030414
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 b/w illustration
Pages:
339
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.06 lb

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History and Social Science » World History » General
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"Obstinate Hebrews gives us a startling new look at both the Enlightenment and the Jewish presence in eighteenth-century France. Both sets of voices come through loud and clear: the Philosophes debating citizenship for the Jews with much more complexity than has been believed; Jews responding with their own self-perceptions, claiming they could be French patriots and practitioners of the Jewish religion at the same time. The universal and the particular are in constant interaction in Schechter's lively pages. His book, through its deep immersion in the eighteenth century, speaks to issues of our time."and#151;Natalie Zemon Davis, author of Women on the Margins: Three Seventeenth Century Lives
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