Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation: Conversos and Community in Early Modern Amsterdam

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Indiana University Press, 1999 - History - 219 pages
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"An engaging introduction to the tortuous plight faced by exiled conversos in Amsterdam and their methods of response. Choicet; In this skillful and well-argued book Miriam Bodian explores the communal history of the Portuguese Jews... who settled in Amsterdam in the seventeenth century." --Sixteenth Century Journa

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" immigrants in 17th-century Amsterdam fashioned a close and cohesive community that recreated a Jewish religious identity while retaining its Iberian heritage.

 

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Contents

Early Years in Amsterdam
25
Working Out a Modus Vivendi
53
Iberian Memory and Its Perpetuation
76
The Rejudaization of the Nation
96
Maintaining the Nation in Exile
132
Conclusion
152
ABBREVIATIONS 267
167
BIBLIOGRAPHY
203
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About the author (1999)

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.

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