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Refugees or Migrants : Pre-Modern Jewish Population Movement, EPUB eBook

Refugees or Migrants : Pre-Modern Jewish Population Movement EPUB

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A leading historian argues that historically Jews were more often voluntary migrants than involuntary refugees‹

For millennia, Jews and non-Jews alike have viewed forced population movement as a core aspect of the Jewish experience. This involuntary Jewish wandering has been explained by pre-modern Jews and Christians as divine punishment, by some modern non-Jews as the result of Jewish harmfulness, by some modern Jews as fostered by Christian anti-Jewish imagery, and by other modern Jews as caused by misguided Jewish acceptance of minority status.
 
In this absorbing book, Robert Chazan explores these various perspectives and argues that pre-modern Jewish population movement was in most cases voluntary, the result of a sense among Jews that there were alternatives available for making a better life elsewhere.

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