The Jews of Italy, 1848-1915

Between Tradition and Transformation

By Elizabeth Schachter

Now available in paperback, this book challenges the widely held view that Jewish integration in Italy - from the second emancipation (1848) to World War I - was an unqualified success, and thus an anomaly in European Jewish history. It draws on contemporary Jewish journals, memoirs, autobiographies, oral testimony, private correspondence, and archival material to illustrate the case. The book explores the principal areas of concern for Jews in Italy: the tensions and pressures of acceptance in the host society * the anguish of assimilation * the complex relationship between Jewish identity and nascent national identity * the erosion of the traditional bonds that bound the individual Jew to his community * the abandonment of religious practices, leading, in some cases, to mixed marriages and conversion. It is a rich and wide-ranging treatment of Italian Jewish identity in the period of Italian unification and Liberal Italy, set within the broader framework of European Jewish history. *** Librarians: ebook available on ProQuest and EBSCO [Subject: History, Jewish Studies, European Studies, Italian Studies, Diaspora Studies, Migration Studies, Minority Studies]

Publication Date: 7/23/2015
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9780853039532

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