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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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Conclusion: Global Stories

Conclusion: Global Stories

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(p.150) Conclusion: Global Stories
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Plumes
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Sarah Abrevaya Stein

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300127362.003.0006

This chapter, which sums up the key findings of this study on the role of the Jews in the history of the global ostrich feather trade, presents a story that highlights the fleeting nature of success and expertise and the transnational nature of so many turn-of-the-century Jewish lives. It discusses how migrant Jews were able to fill novel mercantile and industrial niches because of their marketable and portable skills. The chapter also highlights the fact that Jews were hugely overrepresented in the global exchange of luxury goods at the turn of the twentieth century because they were members of modern Eastern European, Mediterranean, and Anglophone Jewish diasporas.

Keywords:   Jews, ostrich feather trade, industrial niches, luxury goods, Jewish diasporas, global exchange

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