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David Levi: a Jewish Freemason and Saint-Simonian in Nineteenth-century Italy
In this volume, Alessandro Grazi offers the first intellectual biography of the Italian Jewish writer and politician David Levi (1816-1898). In this intriguing journey through the mysterious rites of Freemasonry and the bizarre worldviews of Saint-Simonianism, you can discover Levi’s innovative interpretation of Judaism and its role in modernity. As a champion of dialogue with Catholic intellectuals, Levi’s importance transcends the Jewish world. The second part of the book presents an unpublished document, Levi’s comedy “Il Mistero delle Tre Melarancie”, a phantasmagorical adventure in search of his Jewish identity, with an English translation of its most relevant excerpt.
Author: Michael Schraer
In A Stake in the Ground, Michael Schraer explores the economic functions of real estate amongst the Jews of the medieval crown of Aragon. He challenges the view of medieval Jews as primarily money-lenders and merchants, finding compelling evidence for extensive property trading and investment. Jews are found as landlords to Christian tenants, transferring land in dowries, wills and gifts. Property holdings were often extremely valuable. For some, property was a major part of their asset portfolios. Whilst many property transactions were linked to the credit boom, land also acted as a liquid and tradeable investment asset in its own right. This is a key contribution to the economic history of medieval Iberia and of medieval Jews.

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In: A Stake in the Ground: Jews and Property Investment in the Medieval Crown of Aragon
In: A Stake in the Ground: Jews and Property Investment in the Medieval Crown of Aragon
In: A Stake in the Ground: Jews and Property Investment in the Medieval Crown of Aragon
In: A Stake in the Ground: Jews and Property Investment in the Medieval Crown of Aragon
In: A Stake in the Ground: Jews and Property Investment in the Medieval Crown of Aragon
In: A Stake in the Ground: Jews and Property Investment in the Medieval Crown of Aragon
In: A Stake in the Ground: Jews and Property Investment in the Medieval Crown of Aragon
In: A Stake in the Ground: Jews and Property Investment in the Medieval Crown of Aragon