Making Italian Jews

Family, Gender, Religion and the Nation, 1861–1918

Authors: Ferrara Degli Uberti, Carlotta

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  • Explores concepts such as the family and Zionism and how these shifted over time
  • Depicts the self-fashioning of Italian Jews from unification to the end of the First World War
  • Analyses the interaction between the public and private spheres in the lives of the Jewish-Italian minority
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This book depicts the cultural imagination of the Italian-Jewish minority from the unification of the country to the end of the First World War.  The creation of an Italian nation-state introduced new problems and new opportunities for its citizens. What did it mean for the Jewish minority?  How could members of the minority combine and redefine Jewishness and Italianness in a radically new political and legal framework? Key concepts such as family, religion, nation, assimilation and – later – Zionism are observed as they shift and change over time. The interaction between the public and private spheres plays a pivotal role in the analysis, and the self-fashioning of Italian Jewish élites is read alongside the evolution of the cultural stereotypes typical of the time. Reinterpreting the Italian national patriotic narrative through the eyes of the Jews, Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti is able to unveil its less known layers and articulations, while at the same time offering a new perspective from which to read the modern Jewish experience in the Western World.

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Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti is Lecturer in Italian History at University College London, UK. She has published extensively on topics of Italian Jewish history.

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“This comprehensive portrait of Italian Jewry between 1861 and 1918 sets itself to become a point of reference not only for the study of  contemporary Italian Judaism, but also for the wider fields of contemporary Italian and European history. … Focusing on both literary and documentary sources, the book deploys a novel approach that allows for innovative perspectives on Italian Jewry and provides an excellent point of departure for long-overdue further analyses.” (Alessandro Grazi, Annali d’italianistica, Vol. 35, 2017)

“Dr. Ferrara degli Uberti contests the conventional triumphalist view of Italian Jewish history by revealing the internal tensions and ambiguities that beset the process of integration in the post-emancipation period.  Using hitherto neglected sources, she draws an arresting portrait of a community struggling to reshape Judaism and the Jews, especially Judaism's relationship to the state and the individual's balance between the "Italian" and the "Jewish".” (David Sorkin, Lucy G. Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History, Yale University)  

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Making Italian Jews
Book Subtitle
Family, Gender, Religion and the Nation, 1861–1918
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49388-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-49388-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49387-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-69719-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 254
Additional Information
Translation from the Italian edition: Fare gli ebrei italiani. Autorappresentazioni di una minoranza (1861-1918) Il Mulino, Bologna 2011
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