Trade, Diamonds, Leather and Movies. The Economic Turn in Jewish History

23 May 2016 from 18:00 to 20:15 hrs
Trippenhuis Building, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
+31 20 551 0727
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The ‘economic turn’ has been an important development in Jewish history writing of the past fifteen years. What was the specific economic position of Jews, how can we explain it, and how did it influence their place in society and the way Jews were looked upon and viewed themselves?


  • Cornelia Aust, Leibniz-Institute for European History – Amsterdam’s Ashkenazim as Brokers of Credit during the Eighteenth Century
  • Karin Hofmeester, International Institute of Social History (IISH-KNAW) and University of Antwerp – The Amsterdam Diamond Trade: a Jewish Trade?
  • Jonathan Karp, Binghamton University – Beyond ‘Capitalism and the Jews’: Exploring Economic Conceptions of Jewish History
  • Jessica Roitman, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV-KNAW) – What’s Money Got To Do With It? Class, Networks, and Sephardi Exceptionalism in the Early Modern Period