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Kertzer, David I. 1948-

Works: 142 works in 644 publications in 11 languages and 20,215 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Cross-cultural studies  Biography  Case studies  Church history  Trials, litigation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler, Translator, Other
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Most widely held works by David I Kertzer
Census and identity : the politics of race, ethnicity, and language in national census by David I Kertzer( )

28 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 2,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study examines the ways that states have attempted to pigeon-hole the people within their boundries into racial, ethnic, and language categories. These attempts, whether through American efforts to divide the U.S. population into mutually exclusive racial categories, or through the Soviet system of inscribing nationality categories on internal passports, have important implications not only for people's own identities and life chances, but for national political and social processes as well. The book reviews the history of these categorizing efforts by the state, offers a theoretical context for examining them, and illustrates the case with studies from a range of countries. (Midwest)
The Pope and Mussolini : the secret history of Pius XI and the rise of Fascism in Europe by David I Kertzer( Book )

21 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Pope and Mussolini tells the story of two men who came to power in 1922 and together changed the course of twentieth-century history. In most respects, they could not have been more different. One was scholarly and devout, the other thuggish and profane. Yet Pius XI and 'Il Duce' had many things in common. They shared a distrust of democracy and a visceral hatred of Communism. Both were prone to sudden fits of temper and were fiercely protective of the prerogatives of their office. ('We have many interests to protect, ' the Pope declared, soon after Mussolini seized control of the government in 1922.) Each relied on the other to consolidate his power and achieve his political goals. In a challenge to the conventional history of this period, in which a heroic Church does battle with the Fascist regime, Kertzer shows how Pius XI played a crucial role in making Mussolini's dictatorship possible and keeping him in power. In exchange for Vatican support, Mussolini restored many of the privileges the Church had lost and gave in to the pope's demands that the police enforce Catholic morality. Yet in the last years of his life -- as the Italian dictator grew ever closer to Hitler -- the pontiff's faith in this treacherous bargain started to waver. With his health failing, he began to lash out at the Duce and threatened to denounce Mussolini's anti-Semitic racial laws before it was too late. Horrified by the threat to the Church-Fascist alliance, the Vatican's inner circle, including the future Pope Pius XII, struggled to restrain the headstrong pope from destroying a partnership that had served both the Church and the dictator for many years. The Pope and Mussolini brims with memorable portraits of the men who helped enable the reign of Fascism in Italy: Father Pietro Tacchi Venturi, Pius's personal emissary to the dictator, a wily anti-Semite known as Mussolini's Rasputin; Victor Emmanuel III, the king of Italy, an object of widespread derision who lacked the stature to stand up to the domineering Duce; and Cardinal Secretary of State Eugenio Pacelli, whose political skills and ambition made him Mussolini's most powerful ally inside the Vatican, and positioned him to succeed the pontiff as the controversial Pius XII, whose actions during World War II would be subject for debate for decades to come. With the recent opening of the Vatican archives covering Pius XI's papacy, the full story of the pope's complex relationship with his Fascist partner can finally be told. Vivid, dramatic, with surprises at every turn, The Pope and Mussolini is history writ large with the lightning hand of truth."--Jacket
Politics & symbols : the Italian Communist Party and the fall of communism by David I Kertzer( )

14 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 1,770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and with the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe collapsing, Italian Communist Party (PCI) head Achille Occhetto shocked his party in 1989 by insisting that the PCI jettison its old name and become something new. This dramatic book tells of the ensuing struggle within the PCI, which at the time was Italy's second-largest party and the most powerful Communist party in the West. David I. Kertzer's vivid depiction of the conflict brings to life the tactics that party factions employed and the anguish of party members for whom Communism was the core of their identity. Kertzer also tells a larger story from an anthropologist's perspective: the story of the importance of symbols, myths, and rituals in modern politics. -- Publisher description
The Popes against the Jews : the Vatican's role in the rise of modern anti-semitism by David I Kertzer( Book )

48 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 1,659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A historical study based on documents previously locked in the Vatican's secret archives: The Popes Against the Jews graphically shows how the Catholic Church helped make the Holocaust possible." "It traces the Vatican's role in the development of modern anti-Semitism from the nineteenth century up to the outbreak of the Second World War. Kertzer shows why all the recent attention given to Pope Pius XII's failure to publicly protest the slaughter of Europe's Jews in the war misses a far more important point. What made the Holocaust possible was groundwork laid over a period of decades. In this campaign of demonization of the Jews - identifying them as traitors to their countries, enemies of all that was good, relentlessly pursuing world domination - the Vatican itself played a key role, as is shown here for the first time." "Despite its focus, this is not an anti-Catholic book. It seeks a balanced judgment and an understanding of the historical forces that led the Church along the path it took."--Jacket
Ritual, politics, and power by David I Kertzer( Book )

26 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 1,310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara by David I Kertzer( Book )

38 editions published between 1996 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 1,107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bologna, 1858: A police posse, acting on the orders of a Catholic inquisitor, invades the home of a Jewish merchant, Momolo Mortara, wrenches his crying six-year-old son from his arms, and rushes him off in a carriage bound for Rome. His mother is so distraught that she collapses and has to be taken to a neighbor's house, but her weeping can be heard across the city. With this terrifying scene - one that would haunt this family forever - David I. Kertzer begins his fascinating investigation of the dramatic kidnapping, and shows how the deep-rooted antisemitism of the Catholic Church would eventually contribute to the collapse of its temporal power in Italy
Aging in the past : demography, society, and old age( )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2018 in English and Italian and held by 1,100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historical demography has been preoccupied for the most part with fertility and mortality. Lacking so far is a conjunction of the history of age and the old, that is to say, how we have become old, with its historical demography, why we have become old. This is addressed in this volume, with the addition of some elements of comparative analysis. The significant contrast is between the condition of developed societies when they were younger and the condition of the developing nations of today
Prisoner of the Vatican : the popes' secret plot to capture Rome from the new Italian state by David I Kertzer( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and Italian and held by 886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We think of Italy as an ancient nation, but in fact the unified Italian state was born only in the nineteenth century -- and only against the adamant refusal of the pope to relinquish his rule of Rome. In this riveting chronicle of international intrigue, the renowned historian David Kertzer delves into secret Vatican archives to reveal a venomous conflict that kept the pope a self-imposed prisoner of the Vatican for more than 50 years. King Victor Emmanuel, his nemesis Garibaldi, the French Emperor Napoleon III, England, Spain, Germany, Austria, and even America play a part in this astonishing drama. On September 20th, 1870, the king's battle to unite the disparate Italian states came to a head when his troops broke through the walls of Rome, which the Pope had ruled for centuries. Pope Pius IX, ensconced with the Vatican Council, denounced the usurpers and plotted with his advisers to regain power or else flee Italy altogether. A dramatic struggle unfolded over the next two decades, pitting church against state and the nations of Europe against one another. This is a story of outrageous accusations, mutual denunciations, raucous demonstrations, frenetic diplomacy, and secret dealings. Rocks were hurled along with epithets, and war across Europe seemed inevitable. The antagonists were as explosive as the events. Pius IX, the most important pontiff in modern history, engineered the doctrine of papal infallibility but ended his days reviled and denounced. The blustering Victor Emmanuel schemed behind the backs of his own ministers. Garibaldi, Italy's dashing national hero, committed naive and dangerous mistakes. Beyond Italy, the pope's main protector, Napoleon III, was himself being taken prisoner. This devastating conflict, almost entirely unknown until now, still leaves a deep mark on the Italian soul. No one who reads David Kertzer's revelatory account will ever think of Italy or the Vatican in quite the same way. - Jacket flap
The history of the European family( Book )

in English and held by 847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Family in Italy from antiquity to the present by Family in Italy from antiquity to the present( Book )

16 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Age and anthropological theory( Book )

13 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comrades and Christians : religion and political struggle in Communist Italy by David I Kertzer( Book )

14 editions published between 1980 and 1990 in English and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines the popular bases of Communist influence in Italy, focusing on the struggle between the Catholic Church and the Communist Party for the allegiance of the Italian people. The author details the ways in which the citizens resolve the central paradox of Italy, which lies in its beings the home both of the Vatican and of the largest Communist party of any non-Communist nation. He discusses the local structure of the Party, including its many allied organisations and the nature of participation in Party affairs, and stresses its role in local social life. In this study, Professor Kertzer draws upon the experiences and observations of a year spent in a working-class quarter of Bologna, the capital of Italian Communism. While the national Communist Party calls for conciliation with the Church, there is an ancient tradition of anti-clericalism in this area. Moreover, the official Church position excludes the possibility of people being both Catholic and Communist. The implications of this situation for local-level tactics of Church and Party, and how people divide their allegiances between the competing claims, form the primary theme of the book
The pope who would be king : the exile of Pius IX and the emergence of modern Europe by David I Kertzer( Book )

9 editions published in 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Days after his prime minister was assassinated in the middle of Rome in November 1848, Pope Pius IX found himself a virtual prisoner in his own palace. The wave of revolution that had swept through Europe now seemed poised to end the popes' thousand-year reign over the Papal States, if not the papacy itself. Disguising himself as a simple parish priest, Pius escaped through a back door. Climbing inside the Bavarian ambassador's carriage, he embarked on a journey into a fateful exile. Only two years earlier Pius's election had triggered a wave of optimism across Italy. After the repressive reign of the dour Pope Gregory XVI, Italians saw the youthful, benevolent new pope as the man who would at last bring the Papal States into modern times and help create a new, unified Italian nation. But Pius was caught between a desire to please his subjects and a fear--stoked by the conservative cardinals--that heeding the people's pleas would destroy the church. The resulting drama--with a colorful cast of characters, from Louis Napoleon and his rabble-rousing cousin Charles Bonaparte to Garibaldi, Tocqueville, and Metternich--was rife with treachery, tragedy, and international power politics. David Kertzer is one of the world's foremost experts on the history of Italy and the Vatican and has a rare ability to bring that history vividly to life. With a combination of gripping, cinematic storytelling and keen historical analysis, rooted in an unprecedented richness of archival sources, The Pope Who Would Be King sheds fascinating new light on the end of rule by divine right in the West and the emergence of modern Europe."--Jacket
Urban life in Mediterranean Europe : anthropological perspectives by Michael Kenny( Book )

14 editions published between 1982 and 1996 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sacrificed for honor : Italian infant abandonment and the politics of reproductive control by David I Kertzer( Book )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Family life in central Italy, 1880-1910 : sharecropping, wage labor, and coresidence by David I Kertzer( Book )

13 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and Italian and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amalia's tale : an impoverished peasant woman, an ambitious attorney, and a fight for justice by David I Kertzer( Book )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines a nineteenth-century court case in which attorney Augusto Barbieri took on the case of Amalia Bagnacavalli, an impoverished peasant woman from Bologna, Italy, who contracted syphilis from the sickly baby she had been forced to wet nurse
Anthropological demography : toward a new synthesis by David I Kertzer( Book )

13 editions published between 1968 and 1997 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revised papers originally presented at the Brown University Conference on Anthropological Demography, Nov 3-5, 1994
Age structuring in comparative perspective by David I Kertzer( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume studies age as a basis for social organization by uniting research from the social science disciplines while implementing both cross-cultural and historical perspectives. The contributors, a distinguished interdisciplinary group of scholars, advance our understanding of age structuring by relating the changing societal level processes and individual aging experiences, and examining retirement practices, age and power in society, and cultural conceptions of age
Family, political economy, and demographic change : the transformation of life in Casalecchio, Italy, 1861-1921 by David I Kertzer( Book )

10 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Popes against the Jews : the Vatican's role in the rise of modern anti-semitism
Politics & symbols : the Italian Communist Party and the fall of communismThe Popes against the Jews : the Vatican's role in the rise of modern anti-semitismRitual, politics, and powerThe kidnapping of Edgardo MortaraPrisoner of the Vatican : the popes' secret plot to capture Rome from the new Italian stateThe history of the European familyThe Family in Italy from antiquity to the presentSacrificed for honor : Italian infant abandonment and the politics of reproductive control
Alternative Names
David Kertzer American anthropologist

David Kertzer Amerikaans antropoloog

Kertzer, David.

Kertzer David I.

Kertzer, David Israël

Kertzer David Israël 1948-....

Kertzer, David L.

קרצר, דוד

קרצר, דיויד י., 1948-

カーツァー, D. I.

カーツァー, デヴィッド・I