- Series: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
- Hardcover: 394 pages
- Publisher: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization in association with Liverpool University Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1874774463
- ISBN-13: 978-1874774464
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,418,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Admirable . . . a fine addition to the growing number of studies of this fascinating community.' - Stephen D. Benin, Religious Studies Review `Thoroughly researched'- Edgar Samuel, Jewish Historical Studies `Ever since it began to become known in its original form, as an unpublished PhD thesis, Swetschinski's work has been recognized by all scholars in the field as the best available general survey of the subject and in its final, polished form the book fully lives up to its earlier, emerging reputation. There is much invaluable material here, often taken from the Amsterdam notarial archives, which cannot be found anywhere else. Indeed, no-one will doubt that it will remain an indispensable tool for everyone working in this area for decades to come . . . It is always solidly, usually convincing, and not infrequently highly original . . . this book is a fine achievement . . . It is well-written, eschews unnecessary socio-historical jargon, and often reveals the author's shrewd and discerning view of life and of people . . . will undoubtedly be one of those works which is widely cited by scholars working in a broad range of fields.'- Jonathan Israel, History `A rich and detailed description . . . Of particular note is Swetschinski's careful weaving together of archival and published primary sources with secondary work, which gives readers a sense of the "norm" of the daily existence of the members of this community. His emphasis on the social dimension of this community's religious and economic life is admirably exhaustive.' - Jeremy W. Webster, Eighteenth-Century Life `A social history that focuses . . . upon political status, economic pursuits, and community organization . . . advanced students will find this book of considerable value.' - M. A. Meyer, Choice `A detailed and innovative analysis of the subject based on rich documentation.' - Rachel Simon, Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
About the Author
Daniel M. Swetschinski was born in Brussels in 1944 and grew up in Amsterdam. He studied Semitic languages, philosophy, and history at the universities of Ghent, Amsterdam and Brandeis, and has taught Jewish history at McGill University and the University of Arizona. His many published articles on Dutch Jewish history include a contribution on the period 1516-1621 in Geschiedenis van de Joden in Nederland edited by J.C.H. Blom et al (the English-language edition of which is also published by the Littman Library as The History of the Jews in the Netherlands). He co-edited Mystics, Philosophers, and Politicians (1982) in honour of Alexander Altmann, and has been a major collaborator on projects of the Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam: The Lopes Suasso Family, Bankers to William III (1988) and Orphans Objects: Facets of the Textiles Collection of the Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam (1997).