New PDF release: Chosen Capital: The Jewish Encounter with American

By Professor Rebecca Kobrin, Jonathan Sarna, Daniel Soyer, Jeffrey Shandler, Jon Pollack, David S. Koffman, Ira Katznelson, Daniel Katz, Phyllis Dillon, Andrew Godley, Andrew Dolkart, Marni Davis, Jonathan Karp, Eli Lederhendler, Olga Litvak, Sarah Stein

ISBN-10: 0813553075

ISBN-13: 9780813553078

At which moments and during which methods did Jews play a valuable position within the improvement of yank capitalism? Many renowned writers tackle the intersection of Jews and capitalism, yet few students, might be fearing this question’s anti-Semitic overtones, have contemplated it brazenly. Chosen Capital represents the 1st historic assortment dedicated to this query in its research of the ways that Jews in North the US formed and were shaped by means of America’s specific process of capitalism. Jews essentially molded facets of the economic climate through the century while American capital was once being redefined through industrialization, warfare, migration, and the emergence of the U.S. as a superpower.

Surveying such diversified issues as Jews’ participation within the actual property undefined, the liquor undefined, and the scrap steel undefined, in addition to Jewish political teams and unions bent on reforming American capital, resembling the yankee exertions occasion and the foreign girls’ Garment employees’ Union, individuals to this quantity offer a brand new prism by which to view the Jewish stumble upon with the USA. the amount additionally lays naked how American capitalism reshaped Judaism itself by means of encouraging the mass production and distribution of meals like matzah and the transformation of synagogue cantors into recording stars. those essays strength us to reconsider not just the position Jews performed in American financial improvement but additionally how capitalism has formed Jewish existence and Judaism over the process the 20th century.



Marni Davis, Georgia nation University

Phyllis Dillon, self reliant documentary manufacturer, fabric conservator, museum curator

Andrew Dolkart, Columbia University

Andrew Godley, Henley enterprise institution, college of Reading

Jonathan Karp, government director, American Jewish ancient Society

Daniel Katz, Empire kingdom university, country collage of recent York

Ira Katznelson, Columbia University

David S. Koffman, long island University

Eli Lederhendler, Hebrew collage, Jerusalem

Jonathan Z. S. Pollack, collage of Wisconsin—Madison

Jonathan D. Sarma, Brandeis University

Jeffrey Shandler, Rutgers University

Daniel Soyer, Fordham University

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As progenitors of such basic instruments of financial capitalism as banknotes and securities, the Jews, in this history, were reported to have played a decisive role in developing the institutions of modern banking and stock exchanges that made money abstract and speculation rampant. Unlike Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic, Sombart’s Jews and Modern Capitalism treated its historical protagonists as a hardwired race, “ethnically pure . . 35 Notwithstanding the ugly aspects of Sombart’s scholarship, the questions he raised that concern relationships among faith, religious attitudes, and economic orientations persist as important challenges in understanding Jewish economic history.

T wo e xcep t iona l isms  . For a discussion of the cultural costs of Jewish entry, see Ira Katznelson, “Broken Chains of Memory: Reflections on Negotiated Membership for Jews in the United States,” in Anxieties of Democracy: Tocquevillean Reflections in India and the United States, ed. Partha Chatterjee and Ira Katznelson (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, ). . Baron, “Modern Capitalism,” , . . Salo W. Baron, “The Jewish Question in the Nineteenth Century,” Journal of Modern History  (March ): –.

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Chosen Capital: The Jewish Encounter with American Capitalism by Professor Rebecca Kobrin, Jonathan Sarna, Daniel Soyer, Jeffrey Shandler, Jon Pollack, David S. Koffman, Ira Katznelson, Daniel Katz, Phyllis Dillon, Andrew Godley, Andrew Dolkart, Marni Davis, Jonathan Karp, Eli Lederhendler, Olga Litvak, Sarah Stein

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