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From Court Jews to the Rothschilds: Art, Patronage, and Power 1600-1800 (Art & Design) Hardcover – October 1, 1996

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Product Details

  • Series: Art & Design
  • Hardcover: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel Pub (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791316249
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791316246
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,774,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay B on August 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is superb if you are interested in the topic. Design and density of information is great as is its use of documents and paintings which makes it interesting visually too. The seller delivered in a shorter time frame than promised and communicated at each stage.
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2 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cwn_Annwn on July 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm not 100% sure but I believe this book went with an exhibit on Court Jews at a Jewish Museum. Even though much of this book was overview history I managed to get a lot out of it. If you have read Tolkiens Lord of the Rings the Wormtongue character was to me an obvious archetype of the Court Jew. They worm their way into power through stealth and once they have power they manipulate and mold society to how they want it to be. This always erodes it and often will out and out destroy it.

Various interesting things in this were I had forgotten about what a huge role Jews played in various Islamic lands throughout history. As the book points out Jews were "all powerful bankers" in Baghdad, Egypt, Tunisia, the Mongol Empire, Morocco, Afghanistan, Iran and with the Berbers. This book actually claims that Jews were put into positions of power by Muslims because of "Jewish vulnerability" and so they would attract investment from wealthy Jews and not because of any wormy conspiratorial maneuverings by Jews themselves. There is an obvious historical pattern of these type of maneuverings from a certain class of Jew. I found it interesting that this book mentions that in the 900s/1000s Jewish court bankers from various lands sent their sons to study at "Babylonian Academies" in Babylon and would frequent them themselves for periods of time. Which brings the question to my mind was Babylon a headquarters and epicenter for a global Jewish conspiracy at one time?

There is more on the Court Jews in Europe than there was about Court Jews in Islamic lands in From Court Jews to Rothschilds so you get info and good overview history on various notorious characters like Sus Oppenheimer, Esther Liebmann and Mayer Amschel Rothschild among others.
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