Shylock's Children: Economics and Jewish Identity in Modern Europe

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University of California Press, 2001 - History - 374 pages
Annotation "In his graceful integration of insights and literature from the disparate fields of art history, history, and ethnic studies, and with his focus on a little known body of visual images and image-makers, Lee has written a book that promises to make a significant contribution in terms of both subject and methodology. The residents of his Chinatown are not merely subjects of an orientalizing gaze, they are themselves producers of images, shapers of the neighborhood's distinctive physical appearance, followers of both American and Chinese political and cultural developments. ... [This] book asserts the possibilities of images as sources of cultural meaning and reinserts art history into a central position in American cultural studies."--Martha A. Sandweiss, Professor of American Studies and History, Amherst College "The author invites the reader to understand the paintings and photographs he is examining. . . as sites of human enactment where Chinese and non-Chinese alike participate in acts ofcultural encounter."--Rodger C. Birt, Professor of Humanities and American Studies, San Francisco State University.
 

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Contents

The Economic Image
11
Moralism Mercantilism and Cameralism
23
The Jew as Pauper
35
The Jew as Master
42
The Origins of Jewish Political Economy 16481848
50
German Jewish Social Thought 18151848
84
The Origins of Modern Jewish Philanthropy 17891860
90
Homo economicus judaicus and the Spirit
124
Jewish Social
174
Jewish Social Policy and Bourgeois Social Reform
185
Jewish Immigration Policy
195
Apologetic Romantic or Realistic?
205
Social Policy and Jewish Social Science
216
From Social Policy to Social Engineering 18701933
223
EPILOGUE
255
NOTES
263

Abnormality and Distinctiveness
134
Burghers of the Mosaic Persuasion
144
Economics and Jewish
158
BIBLIOGRAPHY
329
IND EX
359
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Derek J. Penslar is Samuel Zacks Associate Professor of Jewish History at the University of Toronto and author of Zionism and Technocracy: The Engineering of Jewish Settlement in Palestine 1870-1918 (1991). He coedited In Search of Jewish Community: Jewish Identities in Germany and Austria, 1918-1933 (1998).

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