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The Damascus affair : "ritual murder," politics, and the Jews in 1840

Author: Jonathan Frankel; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In February 1840 an Italian monk and his servant disappeared in Damascus. Many Jews in that city were charged with ritual murder and tortured until they "confessed." The case turned into a cause celebre across much of the Western world, even becoming a factor in the major diplomatic conflicts of the period. Jews in many countries groped for ways to save the surviving prisoners in Syria and their own good name. A  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Frankel; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
ISBN: 0521482461 9780521482462 0521483964 9780521483964
OCLC Number: 34243750
Description: xiv, 491 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: Crisis as a factor in nineteenth-century Jewish history --
2. Ritual murder: official documents --
3. The mechanics and motivations of the case --
4. Beyond Damascus: early reactions to the affair --
5. The consuls divide --
6. The press, the politicians, and the Jews --
7. Restoring the balance: the Middle East --
8. Political polarization and the genesis of the mission to the East --
9. The crisis: Jewish perceptions --
10. The religious polemics --
11. Christian millennialists, Jewish messianists, and Lord Palmerston --
12. Jewish nationalism in embryo --
13. Alexandria on the eve of war: Cremieux, Montefiore, and Muhammed Ali --
14. The final lap: Cremieux, Montefiore, and public opinion in Europe --
15. In the wake of the war: the return to routine --
16. Between historiography and myth: the two primary versions of the affair --
17. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Jonathan Frankel.
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This 1997 book assesses the impact of the Damascus affair on European and Jewish politics, including the Holocaust and creation of modern Israel.  Read more...

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