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Based on the Libro Grande, which is included in this volume, this authoritative analysis of the Venetian Jewish community of the 17th century gives a snapshot of the political and social structure of the Jews of Venice as they related to the general population of the Venetian Republic of that period and to the ethnic,economic, and religious diversity within their own community.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I would like to extend my deepest thanks to the following individuals and institutions, whose financial and scholarly support was essential to the preparation of this study. Research grants from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies enabled me to search for sources in Venice and Jerusalem during the summers of 1984 and 1985. The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture provided support during 1985- 86 and 1986- 87. The Lady Davis Fellowship Trust supported the final leg of the project, 1987- 88. The following archives and libraries made their collections of rare books and manuscripts available for perusal and reproduction: the Archivio di Stato di Venezia, the Querini Stampalia, Marciana and Renato Maestro libraries, and the Istituto di Recovero e Educazione ( IRE) ( Venice); the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People ( CAHJP) and the Institute for the Microfilming of Hebrew Manuscripts ( Jerusalem); the Jewish Theological Seminary of America ( New York). The Bar Ilan Data Responsa Project provided a list of responsa relating to Venice. Professors Gaetano Cozzi and Brian Pulían generously shared important primary sources with me. Professors Isadore Twersky and Bernard Septimus offered helpful guidance and criticism during preparation of the doctoral thesis upon which this book is based. Professor Bernard D. Cooperman deserves a special measure of my appreciation, for his accessability as a scholar and friend during my years under his direction at Harvard. Professor Benjamin Ravid kindly answered my questions on Venetian Jewish history over the years, and gave valuable feedback on an early draft of this book. Dr. Benjamin Arbel and Dr. Annalisa Bernardi Nieznanovski helped me locate and decipher sources in the Venetian archives. My friends David Sklare and Shel Bassel spent hours discussing various points with me. Renato Spiegel of the CAHJP guided me to sources and shared his extensive experience with archival documents

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Front MatterHalf Title PageTitle PageCopyright PageDedication PageACKNOWLEDGEMENTSTable Of ContentsContents1. INTRODUCTIONI. Themes1. Community and State2. The Three 'Nations'3. Elite and Popular Government4. Lay and Rabbinic LeadershipII. Text2. THE LIBRO GRANDE AFFAIRI. The StoryII. PrecedentIII. The ObjectionsIV. AnalysisV. Significance3. THE CONSTITUTIONS I. FormationII. Operation4. A DYNAMIC CHARACTERIZATION I. Spanish ParityII. TripolarityIII. OligarchizationIV. Efficiency5. COMMUNAL FINANCES 6. THE SMALL ASSEMBLY I. LiaisonII. Municipal UpkeepIII. Communal Order7. RELIGION & POLITICS I. 1594 and 1616II. Preceding EvidenceIII. Libro Grande EvidenceIV. The Immediate PerspectiveV. Epilogue and SequelVI. Summary8. THE TWIN CONTEXTS OF VENETIAN JEWISH CULTURE I. Political StructureII. Sumptuary LawBack MatterAPPENDIXTHE LIBRO GRANDEWORKS CITEDIndicesINDEX OF NAMESINDEX OF PLACESINDEX OF SUBJECTSBack Cover
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