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Refugees or Migrants: Pre-Modern Jewish Population Movement

Robert Chazan


For millennia, Jews and non-Jews alike have viewed forced population movement as a core aspect of the Jewish experience. This involuntary Jewish wandering has been explained by pre-modern Jews and Christians as divine punishment, by some modern non-Jews as the result of Jewish harmfulness, by some modern Jews as fostered by Christian anti-Jewish imagery, and by other modern Jews as caused by misguided Jewish acceptance of minority status. This book explores these various perspectives and argues that pre-modern Jewish population movement was in most cases voluntary, the result of a sense among ... More

Keywords: Jews, population movement, forced movement, Jewish experience, minority, Jewish population

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780300218572
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300218572.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Chazan, author
New York University