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Venice and its Jews: 500 Years Since the Founding of the Ghetto
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Donatella Calabi Lenore Rosenberg
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Venice and its Jews: 500 Years Since the Founding of the Ghetto

Donatella Calabi Lenore Rosenberg


Officina Libraria

History of architecture;
Social & cultural history;
History of religion;
Jewish studies


208 pages

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500 years ago in Venice, the first ghetto was born. It was the first of many 'Jewish enclosures' ordained by political powers, such as the Venetian senate. A place to confine, it soon became an important cosmopolitan and commercial centre of the Republic. The architectural structure of its housing, which became extraordinarily high to accommodate the increasing number of inhabitants, is strictly interlaced with Venetian history, economy and culture. As one of the main Jewish centres in Italy and the Mediterranean, Venice played a crucial role in the Jewish world. The Venetian word 'geto' (from 'gettare', to throw away) originated from the sector of Venice where scrap metal accumulated from foundries. This was the area assigned to the Jews. Thus the word, over the course of time, has become a synonym for segregation. Venice, the Jews, and Europe exhibition runs in Venice until November 13 2016. Dontatella Calabi will be promoting his book at the 'Beyond the Ghetto' symposium in New York, hosted by the Center for Jewish History, on 18-19 September 2016. AUTHOR: Donatella Calabi has been professor of History of the City and its Territory at the IUAV University of Venice for thirty years (1974-2014). She has been a visiting professor at the universities of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, and Sao Paulo. She is honourary president of the European Association of Urban Historians. She is the author of many books on urban history, and is the curator of the exhibition Venice, the Jews, and Europe: 1516-2016 (Venice, Palazzo Ducale). SELLING POINTS:

The book marks the 500th anniversary of the creation of the Venice Ghetto Accompanies a large exhibition currently taking place in Venice Relevant for social and urban historians, as well as all those who are interested in the history of Venice, and Jewish history. 24 colour, 8 b/w

By:   Donatella Calabi
Translated by:   Lenore Rosenberg
Imprint:   Officina Libraria
Country of Publication:   Italy
Dimensions:   Height: 190mm,  Width: 120mm, 
ISBN:   9788899765293
ISBN 10:   8899765294
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   April 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

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