Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation

Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation

Conversos and Community in Early Modern Amsterdam
Miriam Bodian
Distribution: World
Publication date: 07/22/1999
Format: Paperback 8 b&w photos, 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21351-8
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Winner 1998 National Jewish Book Award in History Winner 1998 Koret Prize for History

An engaging introduction to the tortuous plight faced by exiled conversos in Amsterdam and their methods of response." —Choice

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

Author Bio

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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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