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About the Book

About A Separate Republic

A Separate Republic explores the social and political life of Jews in Venice in the seventeenth century. Based on the Libro Grande, the only existing record book of the community from that time period, this study gives an in depth view of the ethnic diversity and complex relationships within Jewish Venice and between the Jewish community and the Republic of Venice at large. In addition, Dr. Malkiel explores the political structure of the community with special attention to the "balance of power between the wealthy elite and communal authority and the rabbinic and lay leadership."


The book contains an appendix, the full annotated text of the Libro Grande, as well as an extensive list of sources and an index of names, index of places, and index of subjects.

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