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Title Atlantic diasporas : Jews, conversos, and crypto-Jews in the age of mercantilism, 1500-1800 / edited by Richard L. Kagan and Philip D. Morgan.

Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.


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 UniM Bail  305.892400903 ATLA    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvii, 307 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Notes Papers presented at the first Lavy Colloquium "Atlantic Jewry in an Age of Mercantilism" on March 25-26, 2005 at the Homewood Campus of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Bibliography Includes bibliographic references (pages 219-293) and index.
Contents Part I Contexts -- 1 Jews and Crypto-Jews in the Atlantic World Systems, 1500-1800 / Jonathan Israel 3 -- 2 Jewish History in an Age of Atlanticism / Adam Sutcliffe 18 -- Part II Mercantilism -- 3 Networks of Colonial Entrepreneurs: The Founders of the Jewish Settlements in Dutch America, 1650s and 1660s / Wim Klooster 33 -- 4 English Markets, Jewish Merchants, and Atlantic Endeavors: Jews and the Making of British Transatlantic Commercial Culture, 1650-1800 / Holly Snyder 50 -- 5 La Nacion among the Nations: Portuguese and Other Maritime Trading Diasporas in the Atlantic, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries / Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert 75 -- 6 Sephardic Merchants in the Early Modern Atlantic and Beyond: Toward a Comparative Historical Approach to Business Cooperation / Francesca Trivellato 99 -- Part III Identity and Religion -- 7 Jews and New Christians in Dutch Brazil, 1630-1654 / Bruno Feitler 123 -- 8 A Matriarchal Matter: Slavery, Conversion, and Upward Mobility in Suriname's Jewish Community / Aviva Ben-Ur 152 -- 9 Catholics, Jews, and Muslims in Early Seventeenth-Century Guine / Peter Mark, Jose da Silva Horta 170 -- 10 "These Indians Are Jews!" Lost Tribes, Crypto-Jews, and Jewish Self-Fashioning in Antonio de Montezino's Relacion of 1644 / Ronnie Perelis 195.
Summary "This wide-ranging narrative explores the role that Jews, Conversos, and Crypto-Jews played in settling and building the Atlantic world between 1500 and 1800. Through the interwoven themes of markets, politics, religion, culture, and identity, the essays here demonstrate that the world of Atlantic Jewry, most often typified by Port Jews involved in mercantile pursuits, was more complex than commonly depicted. The first section discusses the diaspora in relation to maritime systems, commerce, and culture on the Atlantic and includes an overview of Jewish history on both sides of the ocean. The second section provides an in-depth look at Jewish mercantilism, from settlements in Dutch America to involvement in building British, Portuguese, and other trading cultures to the dispersal of Sephardic merchants. In the third section, the chapter authors assess the roles of identity and religion in settling the Atlantic, looking closely at religious conversion; slavery; relationships among Jews, Christians, and Muslims; and the legacy of the lost tribes of Israel. A concluding commentary elucidates the fluidity of identity and boundaries in the formation of the Atlantic world. Featuring chapters by Jonathan Israel, Natalie Zemon Davis, Aviva Ben-Ur, Holly Snyder, and other prominent Jewish historians, this collection opens new avenues of inquiry into the Jewish diaspora and integrates Jewish trade and settlements into the broader narrative of Atlantic exploration."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Kagan, Richard L., 1943-
Morgan, Philip D., 1949-
Subject Sephardim -- History -- Congresses.
Marranos -- History -- Congresses.
Jews -- History -- Congresses.
Economic history -- 1600-1750 -- Congresses.
ISBN 9780801890345 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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