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"The theme...is a vitally important one, Reuveni's Prolegomena lays out a compelling interpretation of the field...The volume as a whole is valuable in providing the reader with an overview of the engagement of Jews in the economy, or how Jews were imagined to participate in the economy, particularly in Europe." * Leora Auslander, University of Chicago "This is an impressive essay collection that [offers] an innovative approach to modern Jewish history...Another strong point is that several contributions are based on archival research and deal with little studied contexts, such as Africa or indeed Hungary." * Tobias Brinkmann, Penn State University Jewish historiography tends to stress the religious, cultural, and political aspects of the past. By contrast the "economy" has been pushed to the margins of the Jewish discourse and scholarship since the end of the Second World War. This volume takes a fresh look at Jews and the economy, arguing that a broader, cultural approach is needed to understand the central importance of the economy. The very dynamics of economy and its ability to function depend on the ability of individuals to interact, and on the shared values and norms that are fostered within ethnic communities. Thus this volume sheds new light on the interrelationship between religion, ethnicity, culture, and the economy, revealing the potential of an "economic turn" in the study of history. Gideon Reuveni is a Lecturer for modern European and Jewish history at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of Reading Germany: Literature and Consumer Culture in Germany before 1933 (Berghahn, 2006) and the co-editor of several other books on different aspects of Jewish history. Presently he is working on a book on consumer culture and the making of Jewish identity in Europe. Sarah Wobick-Segev is a Jim Joseph postdoctoral teaching fellow at Syracuse University. She has most recently published "Une place pour l'amour? Le mariage juif a Paris et a Berlin dans une ere transitionnelle, 1890-1930" in Experiences croisees. Les juifs de France et d'Allemagne aux XIXe et XXe siecles edited by Heidi Knorzer (Aeditions de l'eclat, 2010).
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Chapter 1. Prolegomena to an 'Economic Turn' in Jewish History Gideon Reuveni PART I: RETHINING THE ECONOMY IN JEWISH HISTORY Chapter 2. Can Economic History Date the Inception of Jewish Modernity? Jonathan Karp Chapter 3. Wandering as Circulation: Dostoevsky and Marx on the 'Jewish Question' Kirill Postoutenko Chapter 4. Money Makes the Jew Go Round: West German Jewry and the Search for Flexibility Anthony D. Kauders PART II: JEWS IN THE MARKETPLACE Chapter 5. All Talk or Business as Usual? Brokerage and Schmoozing in a Swiss Urban Society in the early 19th Century Susanne Bennewitz Chapter 6. Socialists, Bankers and Sephardic Jews: The Pereire Brothers and the Credit Mobilier Helen M. Davies Chapter 7. Buying, Selling, Being, Drinking; Or, how the Coffeehouse became a Site for the Consumption of new Jewish Modalities of Belonging Sarah Wobick-Segev Chapter 8. Consuming Powers: The Jewish Department StoreA" in German Politics and Culture Paul Lerner PART III: JEWISH ECONOMIES IN NATIONAL AND TRANSNATIONAL CONTEXTS Chapter 9. Going Native: Moritz Jellinek and the Modernization of the Hungarian Economy Michael L. Miller Chapter 10. Jews, Plumes, and Global Commerce in the Modern Period Sarah Abrevaya Stein Chapter 11. Trading in Torah: Bootleg Bibles and Secondhand Scripture in the Age of European Imperialism Adam Mendelssohn Chapter 12. Cut to Zionism: The Emergence of the Diamond Industry in British-Ruled Palestine David De Vries

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Gideon Reuveni is a Lecturer for modern European and Jewish history at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of Reading Germany: Literature and Consumer Culture in Germany before 1933 (Berghahn, 2006) and the co-editor of several other books on different aspects of Jewish history. His current area of research is the intersection of Jewish history and economics. Presently he is working on a book on consumer culture and the making of Jewish identity in Europe. Sarah Wobick-Segev is a Jim Joseph postdoctoral teaching fellow at Syracuse University. Her doctoral dissertation examined Jewish sites of sociability in Paris, Berlin, and St. Petersburg/Leningrad from the 1890s to the 1950s. She has several articles currently in press and has most recently published, Une place pour l'amour? Le mariage juif a Paris et a Berlin dans une ere transitionnelle, 1890-1930A" in Experiences croisees. Les juifs de France et d'Allemagne aux XIXe et XXe siecles edited by Heidi Knorzer (Aeditions de l'eclat, 2010).

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-The book at first appears to be incoherent because of the diversity of the subjects treated, but one can remember it surprisingly as a fairly homogeneous whole after having read it from the beginning to the end... [when] the reader is left with a kind of holographic image of a vast and multifaceted Jewish economic activity, which spans many centuries and which admirably and miraculously continues to flourish.- - The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought -The volume under review is a signal contribution to the recent wave of new research...The result [of this volume's approach] is rewarding for readers interested in thematic explorations about society, culture, and money, as seen from an insider/outsider perspective.- - Journal of Interdisciplinary History -The theme...is a vitally important one, Reuveni's Prolegomena lays out a compelling interpretation of the field.... The volume as a whole is valuable in providing the reader with an overview of the engagement of Jews in the economy, or how Jews were imagined to participate in the economy, particularly in Europe.- - Leora Auslander, University of Chicago -This is an impressive essay collection that [offers] an innovative approach to modern Jewish history.... Another strong point is that several contributions are based on archival research and deal with little studied contexts, such as Africa or indeed Hungary.- - Tobias Brinkmann, Penn State University "The book at first appears to be incoherent because of the diversity of the subjects treated, but one can remember it surprisingly as a fairly homogeneous whole after having read it from the beginning to the end... [when] the reader is left with a kind of holographic image of a vast and multifaceted Jewish economic activity, which spans many centuries and which admirably and miraculously continues to flourish." - The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought "The volume under review is a signal contribution to the recent wave of new research...The result [of this volume's approach] is rewarding for readers interested in thematic explorations about society, culture, and money, as seen from an insider/outsider perspective." - Journal of Interdisciplinary History "The theme...is a vitally important one, Reuveni's Prolegomena lays out a compelling interpretation of the field.... The volume as a whole is valuable in providing the reader with an overview of the engagement of Jews in the economy, or how Jews were imagined to participate in the economy, particularly in Europe." - Leora Auslander, University of Chicago "This is an impressive essay collection that [offers] an innovative approach to modern Jewish history.... Another strong point is that several contributions are based on archival research and deal with little studied contexts, such as Africa or indeed Hungary." - Tobias Brinkmann, Penn State University "The book at first appears to be incoherent because of the diversity of the subjects treated, but one can remember it surprisingly as a fairly homogeneous whole after having read it from the beginning to the end... [when] the reader is left with a kind of holographic image of a vast and multifaceted Jewish economic activity, which spans many centuries and which admirably and miraculously continues to flourish." . The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought "The volume under review is a signal contribution to the recent wave of new research...The result [of this volume's approach] is rewarding for readers interested in thematic explorations about society, culture, and money, as seen from an insider/outsider perspective." . Journal of Interdisciplinary History "The theme...is a vitally important one, Reuveni's Prolegomena lays out a compelling interpretation of the field.... The volume as a whole is valuable in providing the reader with an overview of the engagement of Jews in the economy, or how Jews were imagined to participate in the economy, particularly in Europe." . Leora Auslander, University of Chicago "This is an impressive essay collection that [offers] an innovative approach to modern Jewish history.... Another strong point is that several contributions are based on archival research and deal with little studied contexts, such as Africa or indeed Hungary." . Tobias Brinkmann, Penn State University"

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