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The Sephardic Jews of Bordeaux: Assimilation and Emancipation in Revolutionary and Napoleonic France
by Frances Malino
University of Alabama Press, 1978
Cloth: 978-0-8173-6903-3 | Paper: 978-0-8173-5078-9
Library of Congress Classification DS135.F85B65
Dewey Decimal Classification 323.1192404471

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Sephardim of Bordeaux—the first in Europe to be recognized as a Jewish community

This book focuses on a small community of French Jews, the first in Europe to encounter the requirements of an emerging nation-state and to be recognized by that state as full and equal citizens. The Sephardim of Bordeaux were typical of neither the majority of the Jews of France nor those of Western Europe. They had entered France as Catholics; only after more than a century of public adherence to Catholicism was their community officially recognized as Jewish. Nevertheless, their assimilation and conformity to the standards of French society as well as their commitment to a Judaism fashioned as much by contemporary political and economic concerns as by tradi­tion reveal a legacy bequeathed to French Jewry and an important model for the development of the modern Jew.

Describing the tensions that existed between the Sephardic community of Bordeaux and the Ashkenazic Jews of France, the author also depicts their role in the relation of the Jews with Napoleon and the forming of the Grand Sanhedrin.
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