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Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History

The Myth of the Medieval Jewish Moneylender

Volume I

Authors: Mell, Julie L.

  • Illuminates how changes in Jewish history change our understanding of European historyRefutes the narrative of the Jewish moneylender with an in-depth economic study of the Jewish community in medieval Europe
  • Offers a novel interpretation of central topics, such as the usury debate, commercial contracts, and moral literature on money and value 
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This book challenges a common historical narrative, which portrays medieval Jews as moneylenders who filled an essential economic role in Europe. It traces how and why this narrative was constructed as a philosemitic narrative in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in response to the rise of political antisemitism. This book also documents why it is a myth for medieval Europe, and illuminates how changes in Jewish history change our understanding of European history.  Each chapter offers a novel interpretation of central topics, such as the usury debate, commercial contracts, and moral literature on money and value to demonstrate how the revision of Jewish history leads to new insights in European history.

About the authors

Julie Mell is an Assistant Professor of History and North Carolina State University.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: Jousting with Windmills

    Mell, Julie L.

    Pages 1-27

  • The Economic Function of the Jews: A Nineteenth-Century Story

    Mell, Julie L.

    Pages 31-75

  • Twentieth-Century Trajectories in European Economic History and the “Economic Function of the Jews”

    Mell, Julie L.

    Pages 77-151

  • “Rich as a Jew”? Wealth and Lending among Anglo-Jews

    Mell, Julie L.

    Pages 155-235

  • An Economic Function for the Crown? On Tallage, Taxation, and the Legal Status of the Jews

    Mell, Julie L.

    Pages 237-316

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Myth of the Medieval Jewish Moneylender
Book Subtitle
Volume I
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39776-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 336
Number of Illustrations and Tables
24 b/w illustrations
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