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PlumesOstrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce$
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Sarah Abrevaya Stein

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300127362

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300127362.001.0001

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Introduction: The Pursuit of Plumes

Introduction: The Pursuit of Plumes

(p.1) Introduction: The Pursuit of Plumes

Sarah Abrevaya Stein

Yale University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the role of the Jews in the history of ostrich farming and plume trade. The book explores the involvement of the Jews in the production, financing, purchase, and preparation of plumes in South Africa, the southern Sahara, West Africa, and the Mediterranean and their export to London. It shows how deeply transhemispheric currents of capital, bodies, and goods affected modern Jews and how profoundly Jews shaped the modern global economy.

Keywords:   Jews, ostrich farming, plume trade, modern global economy, South Africa, Mediterranean, London

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