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Course Description

This course will examine the history of the Jews of Spain from before the Roman Era to the present day.  Special emphasis will be given to: the life and achievements of the Jews under Moorish rule;  the treatment of Jews under monarchical and Catholic rule; the Iberian Inquisitions and the fate and faith of conversos, Marranos, and Jews who resisted.  We will examine the expulsions from Spain and Portugal and  delve into the succeeding diaspora -- where and when did the Jews go and what did they do? We will also examine the role of Jews in settling the New World, focusing on the Caribbean and Brazilian coasts, commerce, and their participation in piracy, sanctioned or unsanctioned. Lecture (plus Questions).
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