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The Jews of France:
A History from Antiquity to the Present
Esther Benbassa
Translated from the French by M. B. DeBevoise

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Chapter 1

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Translator's Note xi
Note to the French Edition xiii
Preface xv
Foreword, by Aron Rodrique xxi
Chapter 1. The Origins of the Jewish Presence in Gaul 3
During the Roman Conquest 3
Under the Franks 5
The Church and the Jews 5
The Carolingian "Golden Age" 7
Toward Royal Alliance 8
Ecclesiastical Reaction 9
Economy and Culture 11
Chapter 2. Nobles' Jews, Kings' Jews 13
In the Seigneuries 13
Kings' Jews 15
The Religious Zeal of Saint Louis 17
Between Church and Temporal Power is
Conditional Liberty 20
The Era of Crises 21
Another Return 22
North/South 24
Chapter 3. Jewish Life in the Middle Ages 26
Communal Space 26
Cultural Space 33
Chapter 4. The Jews of the South 41
The Comtat Venaissin and Avignon 41
New Christians and Jews. Spanish and Portuguese in France 47
Chapter 5. The Jews of the East and of Paris 58
Metz and Lorraine 58
Alsace 64
Paris 70
Chapter 6. On the Way to Emancipation 73
The Enlightenment and the Jews 73
A Policy of Emancipation? 79
Chapter 7. New Perspectives 84
The Terror 85
Under Napoleon 86
The Grand Sanhedrin 89
The Consistories 90
Internal Divisions 92
In a Secular State 94
Chapter 8. Entry into French Society 96
A Spectacular Integration 97
From Tradition to Integration 99
Paris. The Nerve Center 103
Socioeconomic Profile 106
Demography 110
Chapter 9. Advancement and Identity 114
Advancement through Education 114
In the Arts and Literature 115
In the Academy and State Administration 117
Alternative Paths 119
And Women 123
Integration and Jewishness 124
From Jew to Israelite 125
Modern Solidarity 128
Scholarship and the Perpetuation of Tradition 131
Chapter 10. Breaches in Franco-Judaism 134
Immigration 134
Anti-Semitism 137
The Affair 141
Zionism 146
Chapter 11. Between the Wars 148
Migration 148
Neighborhoods and Trades 149
Conception of Judaism 151
Revival of Anti-Semitism 153
Reexamining, Judaism 156
Youth Movements 157
Repositioning Zionism 159
The Nazi Peril 161
Chapter 12. The Dark Years 166
The War 166
From Citizen to Pariah 167
The Roundups 171
Public Opinion 174
The UGIF 175
The Resistance 177
Chapter 13. Recovery 179
The Influx of North African Jews 185
The New Face of French Jewry 189
Chronology 201
Notes 221
Bibliography 241
Index 271

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