The Sephardic Atlantic

Colonial Histories and Postcolonial Perspectives

Editors: Rauschenbach, Sina, Schorsch, Jonathan (Eds.)

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  • Contributes to the growing field of Early Modern Jewish Atlantic History.
  • Stimulates new discussions at the interface between Jewish Studies and Postcolonial Studies.
  • Written by eminent specialists in the field. 
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This volume contributes to the growing field of Early Modern Jewish Atlantic History, while stimulating new discussions at the interface between Jewish Studies and Postcolonial Studies. It is a collection of substantive, sophisticated and variegated essays, combining case studies with theoretical reflections, organized into three sections: race and blood, metropoles and colonies, and history and memory. Twelve chapters treat converso slave traders, race and early Afro-Portuguese relations in West Africa, Sephardim and people of color in nineteenth-century Curaçao, Portuguese converso/Sephardic imperialist behavior, Caspar Barlaeus’ attitude toward Jews in the Sephardic Atlantic, Jewish-Creole historiography in eighteenth-century Suriname, Savannah’s eighteenth-century Sephardic community in an Altantic setting, Freemasonry and Sephardim in the British Empire, the figure of Columbus in popular literature about the Caribbean, key works of Caribbean postcolonial literature on Sephardim, the holocaust, slavery and race, Canadian Jewish identity in the reception history of Esther Brandeau/Jacques La Fargue and Moroccan-Jewish memories of a sixteenth-century Portuguese military defeat.



About the authors

Jonathan Schorsch is Professor of Jewish Religious and Intellectual History at the Universität Potsdam and founder of the Jewish Activism Summer School, Germany.
Sina Rauschenbach is Chair of Religious Studies and Jewish Thought the Universität Potsdam and founder of the Jewish Activism Summer School, Germany.


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“These wide-ranging and incisive essays together offer an excellent survey of the vibrancy of the field of Sephardic Studies today, and the vigor of current scholarly engagement between postcolonial studies and Jewish studies, to great mutual benefit. The volume combines theoretical nuance, particularly on questions of race, identity, power and memory, with a set of detailed and often intriguing case studies ranging across all corners of the Atlantic world. It will be essential reading for everybody with a serious interest in the history of cross-cultural interactions in this crucial contact zone, and their legacy for the wider world.” (Adam Sutcliffe, King's College, London, UK)

“Ranging from Morocco and West Africa to Savannah, Lisbon and, Surinam, this fascinating collection demonstrates through historical and literary studies that men and women of the Nation, the Sephardic community, although often restricted or disadvantaged, were very much part of the process of imperial expansion and colonialism, but with their own distinctive  millenarian expectations, their own material and spiritual goals, and sometimes with relations with other disadvantaged peoples that challenged imperial projects. This volume makes clear that in the creation of the various “Atlantics” of the Early Modern period, the Sephardi experience and presence cannot be overlooked, and at some times and places cannot be exaggerated.” (Stuart B. Schwartz, Yale University, USA)

“This is an important collection of essays. It brings together a dynamic  group of scholars who probe the crossovers between subaltern, Sephardic, and Atlantic histories.  It is very timely and speaks to a number of fields. It is a book that will provoke important debates as to the nature and limitations of concepts currently employed in Atlantic and Postcolonial studies.” (Toby Green, King's College, London, UK)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Postcolonial Approaches to the Early Modern Sephardic Atlantic

    Pages 1-20

    Rauschenbach, Sina (et al.)

  • New Christian Slave Traders: A Literature Review and Research Agenda

    Pages 23-55

    Schorsch, Jonathan

  • A “Racial” Approach to the History of Early Afro-Portuguese Relationships? The Case of Senegambia and Cabo Verde in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries

    Pages 57-84

    Silva Horta, José (et al.)

  • Mediating Multiculturalism: Jews, Blacks, and Curaçao, 1825–1970

    Pages 85-111

    Roitman, Jessica V.

  • Galut and Empire: On the Way to Final Redemption

    Pages 115-142

    Silva Tavim, José Alberto Rodrigues

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Sephardic Atlantic
Book Subtitle
Colonial Histories and Postcolonial Perspectives
Editors
  • Sina Rauschenbach
  • Jonathan Schorsch
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-99196-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-99196-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-99195-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 395
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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