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Ghetto
by Daniel Schwartz

From its earliest use in the mandatory Jewish quarter of sixteenth century Venice to its association with Black segregated areas in postwar America, the term “ghetto” has held a variety of meanings and invoked myriad feelings. Daniel Schwartz traces the history of this controversial word.

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TITLE
Ghetto: The History of a Word
AUTHOR
Daniel B. Schwartz
PUBLISHER
Harvard University Press
PAGES
288
PUBLICATION DATE
September 2019

Daniel B. Schwartz specializes in modern European and American Jewish intellectual, cultural, and urban history. He is the author of Ghetto: The History of a Word, which traces the various and contested meanings of the word “ghetto” from sixteenth-century Venice to the present. His other books include Spinoza’s Challenge to Jewish Thought: Writings on His Life, Philosophy, and Legacy and The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image, which was co-winner of the 2012 American Academy for Jewish Research’s Salo W. Baron Prize for best first book in Jewish studies and a finalist for the 2012 National Jewish Book Award in history. He is currently working on a history of the Lower East Side that chronicles this most famous of immigrant neighborhoods from its mid-nineteenth-century German-American heyday to its present-day gentrification. His research interests include Jews and the city, Jewish historical consciousness, early modern and modern Jewish identities, Jewish secularism, Jewish intellectuals, and Black-Jewish relations.

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