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Shylock's Children: Economics and Jewish Identity in Modern Europe

Derek Penslar


Throughout much of European history, Jews have been strongly associated with commerce and the money trade, rendered both visible and vulnerable, like Shakespeare's Shylock, by their economic distinctiveness. This book tells the story of Jewish perceptions of this economic difference and its effects on modern Jewish identity. It explains how Jews in modern Europe developed the notion of a distinct “Jewish economic man,” an image that grew ever-more complex and nuanced between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries.

Keywords: European history, Jews, commerce, money, Jewish perceptions, Jewish identity, Europe, economic distinctiveness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520225909
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520225909.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek Penslar, author