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History of a Tragedy: THE EXPULSION OF THE JEWS FROM SPAIN
by Joseph Perez
translated by Lysa Hochroth
introduction by Helen Nader
University of Illinois Press, 2006
Cloth: 978-0-252-03141-0
Library of Congress Classification DS135.S7P39813 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 946.004924

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Few events in the history of Spain have provoked as much controversy as the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. Conflicts within the Catholic Church, suspicions within the newly unified Spain, and the claims of Spanish merchants combined to make the Spain of Ferdinand and Isabella intolerant and inquisitorial. Yet the roots of Spanish anti-Semitism went deeper.  In this concise survey of the expulsion of the Sephardic Jews, Joseph Pérez studies the evolution of the Jewish community in Spain from the time of the Visigoths to the reign of the Catholic kings. He explores the Jewish community’s role in creating and sustaining the vibrant cultural, political, and economic world of medieval Spain, and how growing religious intolerance, a pervasive resentment of the “others,” and a string of escalating encroachments culminated in expulsion.



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