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Share your thoughts with other customers. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. To prove his point, Nirenberg uses the diverse kingdom of Aragon where Catholics, Jews, and Muslims live in what amounts to a mutually beneficial coexistence.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. He argues that this is unavoidab In this book, David Nirenberg argues that the violence and persecutions of the Middle Ages are not the components of a Historical timeline leading, unavoidably to contemporary and recent events of unimaginable destruction.

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Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. He seems to take the opinion of Rene Girard that violence, hopefully sacrificial, is the linchpin that holds society together. Eugene Penzien rated it really liked it Mar 21, Historiographically, this condition has been given a name: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

The strange history of antisemitism in Western culture”. He argues that these attacks were often perpetrated not by irrational masses laboring under inherited ideologies and prejudices, but by groups that manipulated and reshaped the available discourses on minorities”.

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He also attempts to disprove, or show that there was more to the story than the previously held notions of longue duree, convivencia, structuralism etc. Numerous anecdotes paint a portrait of a very vibrant society, though one often in conflict, and addresses the often unstudied relationship between the various minority communities in Catalonia. He uses a year period of the Middle Ages to show that violence was forever present, and that it also targeted Muslims and even Christians with slightly differing beliefs to the mainstream Roman Catholicism.


Nirenbergs theories are cutting edge and sensitive to the ways in which minorities societies develop mechanism for survival in religiously intolerant societies. Muslim and Christian Contact in the Middle Ages: Usual warning for a required reading.

Davidd particular and contingent nature of this coexistence is underscored by the book’s juxtapositions–some systematic for example, that of the Crown of Aragon with France, Jew with Muslim, medieval with modernand some suggestive such as African ritual rebellion with Catalan riots. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

In fact it was a relatively safe way to attack the king’s policies. His book Communities of Violence analyses breakouts of inter-religious violence in the fourteenth century Crown of Aragon.

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Dec 14, Shonda Wilson rated it liked it. View all 3 comments. David Nirenberg’s approach presents many challenges to the conventions of studing intergroup conflict. Amanda rated it really liked it Dec 21, Nirenberg rejects the longue du The subtitle is somewhat misleading—Nirenberg focuses not on the entire Middle Ages, but on a period of about two hundred years or so; his examination is not of all minorities but on Jews and Muslims and to a lesser extent lepers ; and his geographical concentration is not all of Europe, or even all nirenbberg Western Europe, but rather southern France and Aragon.


Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages by David Nirenberg

The author assumes that violence against persecuted minorities in Medieval Europe was neither random nor irrational. However, Christians had different opinions on the Jews. Explore the Home Gift Guide. The important part of this book is that he’s willing to examine it and engage with it, instead of simply dismissing it as irrational, universal, and teleological.

He shows how persecutions arose, and how taxes were imposed on those which could be used in an economically effective way. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Mar 26, Victoria rated it it was amazing Shelves: For daavid most part, the balance carries itself over through the Bubonic Plague.

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Part one achieves this through its insistence on the location and contextualization of episodes of violence within political, economic and cultural frameworks; part two by its emphasis on the systematic production of violence between religious groups and the stabilizing function of that violence within society. Customers who bought this item also bought.

Nirenberg questions the longue duree approach that sets individual riots, attacks and pogroms into davdi series that he characterizes as a “march of intolerance” culminating in modern events, most notably the Holocaust. The book ends with consideration of violence in the wake of the Black Death.

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