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The Damascus Affair: "Ritual Murder," Politics, and the Jews in 1840

Jonathan Frankel

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ISBN 10: 0521482461 / ISBN 13: 9780521482462
Published by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK/NY, 1997
Used Condition: Very Good Plus Hardcover
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hardcover, cloth., very small owner signature to front free endpaper. several of the first 20 pages are softly puckered to one degree or an other. no stains or dampness. else, a fine copy. no text or exterior markings, no bumps. tight binding.; xiv-491pp., 26 b/w illustrations, 2 maps. an exhaustive examination of the subject. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 12873

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Title: The Damascus Affair: "Ritual Murder," ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK/NY

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good Plus

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, as Issued

Edition: First Edition.

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In February of 1840, an Italian monk and his servant disappeared in Damascus. Many Jews in that city were charged with ritual murder and tortured until they confessed. The case turned into a cause célèbre across much of the Western world and produced an explosion of polemics, fantastic theories, and strange projects. This book, the first since 1840, assesses the affair as a factor in European and Jewish politics of the time, a chapter in Jewish history and historiography, and the stuff of radically conflicting myths that eventually led to the Holocaust and the establishment of the Israeli state.

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Many Jews in Damascus were charged with ritual murder and tortured after the disappearance of an Italian monk and his servant in 1840. This book assesses the "Damascus affair" as a factor in the European and Jewish politics of the time as well as a chapter in Jewish history and historiography.

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