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Obstinate Hebrews: Representations of Jews in France, 1715-1815

Ronald Schechter


Enlightenment writers, revolutionaries, and even Napoleon discussed and wrote about France's tiny Jewish population at great length. Why was there so much thinking about Jews when they were a minority of less than one percent and had little economic and virtually no political power? This book offers fresh perspectives on the Enlightenment and French Revolution, on Jewish history, and on the nature of racism and intolerance. Informed by the latest historical scholarship and by the insights of cultural theory, this book offers a fascinating tale of cultural appropriation cast in the light of mod ... More

Keywords: Enlightenment, Napoleon, France, Jews, French Jews, French Revolution, cultural theory, national identity, citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520235571
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520235571.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald Schechter, author