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Capitalism and the Jews
Author: Jerry Z. Muller

ISBN: 9780691153063
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 6 November 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.0 x 10.1 x 1.5
Description:


The unique historical relationship between capitalism and the Jews is crucial to understanding modern European and Jewish history. But the subject has been addressed less often by mainstream historians than by anti-Semites or apologists. In this book Jerry Muller, a leading historian of capitalism, separates myth from reality to explain why the Jewish experience with capitalism has been so important and complex--and so ambivalent.


Drawing on economic, social, political, and intellectual history from medieval Europe through contemporary America and Israel,Capitalism and the Jews examines the ways in which thinking about capitalism and thinking about the Jews have gone hand in hand in European thought, and why anticapitalism and anti-Semitism have frequently been linked. The book explains why Jews have tended to be disproportionately successful in capitalist societies, but also why Jews have numbered among the fiercest anticapitalists and Communists. The book shows how the ancient idea that money was unproductive led from the stigmatization of usury and the Jews to the stigmatization of finance and, ultimately, in ...

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