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Anna and TranquilloCatholic Anxiety and Jewish Protest in the Age of Revolutions$
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Kenneth Stow

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300219043

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300219043.001.0001

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The Confessional State

The Confessional State

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(p.79) 4. The Confessional State
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Anna and Tranquillo
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Kenneth Stow

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300219043.003.0005

This chapter discusses whether Anna's story, as well as the others', represent a specifically Roman Jewish dilemma. Aside from being a product of the much larger European Jewish past, these stories are a product of the confessional state for whose continuity the Church so greatly fought. What defined this state was its incessant pursuit of that which might be achieved “in favor of the faith.” Anna's ordeal would have been unthinkable in places like the non-confessional United States or post-revolutionary France. By contrast, the legally reinforced formal structures of religion in states with official religious identities favored torments like those Anna suffered. Far more than illuminating Jewish issues alone, cases like Anna's illustrate crises which European society as a whole had to overcome.

Keywords:   Anna del Monte, Roman Jews, European Jewish past, confessional states, Church, United States, post-revolutionary France, European society

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