The Spanish Inquisition remains a fearful symbol of state terror. Its principal target was the conversos, descendants of Spanish Jews who had been forced to convert to Christianity some three generations earlier. Since thousands of them confessed to charges of practicing Judaism in secret, historians have long understood the Inquisition as an attempt to suppress the Jews of Spain. In this magisterial reexamination of the origins of the Inquisition, Netanyahu argues for a different view: that the conversos were in fact almost all genuine Christians who were persecuted for political ends. The Inquisition's attacks not only on the conversos' religious beliefs but also on their "impure blood" gave birth to an anti-Semitism based on race that would have terrible consequences for centuries to come.
This book has become essential reading and an indispensable reference book for both the interested layman and the scholar of history and religion.
Bringing to life the tragic history of the Jews and their Christianized descendants in Spain, Professor Netanyahu gives us a new intrepretation of the Spanish Inquisition and the origins of modern anti-Semitism.About the Author:
Benzion Netanyahu has achieved international recognition for his exemplary scholarship on Spain's Jews and Marranos. His best-known works are Don Isaac Abravanel and The Marranos of Spain. Professor Netanyahu has previously been editor in chief of the Encyclopedia Hebraica, general editor of the World History of the Jewish People, and co-editor of the Jewish Quarterly Review. Netanyahu is a fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research and a member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes y Ciencias Historicas in Spain. He is also Professor Emeritus at Cornell University. His son, Benjamin, is a former Prime Minister of Israel.
Descrizione libro New York Review Books, 2001. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110940322390
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Descrizione libro U.S.A.: New York Review Books, 2001. Soft cover. Condizione libro: New. 2nd Edition. THIS BOOK WILL BE SOLD ONLY INSIDE OF THE USA Language: eng. Codice libro della libreria BU-192-H
Descrizione libro New York Review of Books, U. S. A., 2001. Soft Cover. Condizione libro: New. Second and Revised Edition. 1384pp. Mint. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 011581