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Mediterranean Enlightenment: Livornese Jews, Tuscan Culture, and Eighteenth-Century Reform

Francesca Bregoli


This book offers a new take on the engagement of Jews with outside culture and the interplay of the Jewish community with the reforming state through a study of the Jews (nazione ebrea) of eighteenth-century Livorno, a bustling free port in Tuscany, an Italian state known for its far-reaching reforms inspired by Enlightenment principles. Based on sources both internal and external to the community, it combines cultural analysis with a study of economic policies and political developments, and integrates lines of inquiry informed by Italian and Jewish historiography. The first few chapters trac ... More

Keywords: Enlightenment, Livorno, nazione ebrea, Sephardi diaspora, Tuscany, science, reforming absolutism, integration, Jewish-Christian relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804786508
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804786508.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Francesca Bregoli, author
Queens College, CUNY