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Author Botticini, Maristella.
Title The chosen few : how education shaped Jewish history, 70-1492 / Maristella Botticini and Zvi Eckstein.
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2012.
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 Floor2  DS117 .B68 2012    IN LIBRARY
  
Description xvii, 323 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
Series Princeton economic history of the Western world.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [287]-316) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. 70 CE-1492 : How many Jews were there, and where and how did they live? -- From Jesus to Muhammad (I CE-622) : a world of farmers ; From Muhammad to Hulagu Khan (622-1258) : farmers to merchants ; From Hulagu Khan to Tomás de Torquemada (1258-1492) : the end of the Golden Age ; Jewish history, 70 CE-1492 : puzzles -- Ch. 2. Were the Jews a persecuted minority? -- Restrictions on Jewish economic activities ; Taxation discrimination ; Physical versus portable human capital ; Self-segregation religious minority ; The economics of small minorities ; summary -- Ch. 3. The people of the Book, 200 BCE-200 CE -- The two pillars of Judaism from Ezra to Hillel (500-50BCE) : the temple and the Torah ; The lever of Judaism : education as a religious norm ; The destruction of the second temple : from ritual sacrifices to Torah reading and study ; The legacy of Rabbinic Judaism : the Mishma and universal primary education, 10 CE-200 ; Judaism and education : the unique link in the world of Mishna -- Ch. 4. The economics of Hebrew literacy in a world of farmers -- Heterogeneity and the choices facing Jewish farmers circa 200 ; The economic theory : basic setup ; The economic theory : predictions ; Life in a village in the Galillee circa 200 through the lens of the theory ; Annex 4. A : formal model of education and conversion of farmers -- Ch. 5. Jews in the Talmud Era, 200-650 : the chosen few -- An increasingly literate farming society ; Conversions of Jewish farmers ; summary -- Ch. 6. From farmers to merchants, 750-1150 -- The economics of Hebrew literacy in a world of merchants ; The Golden Age of literate Jews in the Muslim caliphates ; summary ; Annex 6. A : formal model of education and conversion of merchants -- Ch. 7. Educated wandering Jews, 800-1250 -- Wandering Jews before Marco Polo ; Jewish migration within the Muslim caliphates ; Migration of the Jewish religious center ; summary -- Ch. 8. Segregation or choice? From merchants to moneylenders, 1000-1500 -- The economics of money and credit in Medieval Europe ; Jewish prominence in moneylending : hypotheses ; The dynamics of Jewish Moneylending in Medieval Europe ; Jewish moneylending in Medieval Italy : a detailed analysis ; Attitudes toward moneylending ; Facts and competing hypotheses ; From merchants to moneylenders : comparative advantage in complex intermediaton ; Annex 8. A : the charter to the Jews of Vienna -- Ch. 9. The Mongol shock : can Judaism survive when trade and urban economies collapse? -- The Mongol conquest of the Muslim Middle East ; Socioeconomic conditions in the Middle East under the Mongols ; Jewish demography under Mongol and Mamluk rule : an experiment ; Why Judaism cannot survive when trade and urban economies collapse ; summary -- Ch. 10. 1492 to today : open questions -- Portrait of world Jewry circa 1492 ; Jewish history, 70 CE-1492 : epilogue ; Trajectory of the Jewish people over the past 500 years ; Persistence of Jewish occupational structure
Subject Jews -- History -- To 1500.
Judaism -- History -- To 1500.
Jews -- Economic conditions -- To 1500.
Related Names Eckstein, Zvi.
ISBN 0691144877 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9780691144870 (hbk. : alk. paper)
OCLC number 761850778