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Byzantine Jewry in the Mediterranean economy

Author: Joshua Holo
Publisher: Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Dissertation: Revision of the author's thesis (Ph.D.) -- University of Chicago, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Using primary sources, Joshua Holo uncovers the day-to-day workings of the Byzantine-Jewish economy in the middle Byzantine period. Built on a web of exchange systems both exclusive to the Jewish community and integrated in society at large, this economy forces a revision of Jewish history in the region. Paradoxically, the two distinct economic orientations, inward and outward, simultaneously advanced both the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joshua Holo
ISBN: 9780521856331 0521856337
OCLC Number: 1091799120
Description: xi, 285 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Byzantine-Jewish economic history --
Byzantine Jews throughout the Mediterranean : fluidity and exchange --
The inner economy of the Jewish communities --
The integrated Jewish economy --
Byzantine-Jewish trade and the commercial revolution --
Conclusion : a new perspective on Byzantine economic history.
Responsibility: Joshua Holo.

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"Using primary sources, Joshua Holo uncovers the day-to-day workings of the Byzantine-Jewish economy in the middle Byzantine period. Built on a web of exchange systems both exclusive to the Jewish community and integrated in society at large, this economy forces a revision of Jewish history in the region. Paradoxically, the two distinct economic orientations, inward and outward, simultaneously advanced both the integration of the Jews into the larger Byzantine economy and their segregation as a self-contained body economic. Dr Holo finds that the Jews routinely leveraged their internal, even exclusive, systems of law and culture to break into - occasionally to dominate - Byzantine markets. In doing so, they challenge our concept of Diaspora life as a balance between the two competing impulses of integration and segregation. The success of this enterprise, furthermore, qualifies the prevailing claim of Jewish economic decline during the Commercial Revolution"--Provided by publisher.

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