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Chazan, Robert

Works: 68 works in 306 publications in 6 languages and 16,230 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: DS135.G31, 914.406924
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Most widely held works by Robert Chazan
Medieval Jewry in Northern France; a political and social history by Robert Chazan( Book )

24 editions published between 1973 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

European Jewry and the First Crusade by Robert Chazan( Book )

19 editions published between 1987 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the year 1096 : the First Crusade and the Jews by Robert Chazan( Book )

15 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1996 the world commemorates the 900th anniversary of the First Crusade or, more precisely, of the pogroms unleashed by the crusade upon the Jews of the Rhineland. In the Year 1096 ... presents a clear, highly readable chronicle of the events of 1096. Noted teacher and historian Robert Chazan brings readers to critical moments in Jewish history, illuminating the events themselves, their antecedents, and their far-reaching consequences. Equally important, his book assesses the significance of the events of 1096 within the larger framework of Jewish history, including both the scope of persecution and the record of Jewish resistance. He has created a dramatic portrait of the clash between three conflicting forces in medieval Europe: the German crusaders, the Rhineland burghers, and the Rhineland Jews. His book provides an extensive look at the Christian assaults and the intense Jewish responses, with much material translated directly from remarkable Hebrew narratives which are admirable for both the vividness of their description and the complexity of the portrait they provide. Chazan tells the story of 1096 in "grays," not blacks and whites; that is, he relates stories of Christian enemies, but also of Christian friends, and of Jewish martyrs, but also of Jewish negotiators and converts. The author devotes the second half of In the Year 1096 ... to tracing these events through the intervening nine centuries of Jewish history. In the second part he surveys the Jewish perception of 1096 over the ages, including both the neglect of these events in some quarters and their emphasis in others; he places 1096 within the lengthy history of anti-Jewish actions and thinking, and examines the unusual behaviors of the Rhineland Jews within the context of historic Jewish responses to persecution
Medieval stereotypes and modern antisemitism by Robert Chazan( Book )

11 editions published in 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This coupling of the twelfth century's notable bequests to the institutional and intellectual growth of Western civilization with its legacy of virulent anti-Jewish motifs will be of interest to general readers as well as to specialists in medieval and Jewish history."--Jacket
The Jews of Medieval Western Christendom, 1000-1500 by Robert Chazan( Book )

25 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and Czech and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Between the years AD 1000 and 1500, western Christendom absorbed by conquest and attracted through immigration a growing number of Jews. This community was to make a valuable contribution to rapidly developing European civilisation but was also to suffer some terrible setbacks, culminating in a series of expulsions from the more advanced westerly areas of Europe. At the same time, vigorous new branches of world Jewry emerged and a rich new Jewish cultural legacy was created. In this important new historical synthesis, Robert Chazan discusses the Jewish experience over a 500 year period across the entire continent of Europe. As well as being the story of medieval Jewry, the book simultaneously illuminates important aspects of majority life in Europe during this period. This book is essential reading for all students of medieval Jewish history and an important reference for any scholar of medieval Europe."
Daggers of faith : thirteenth-century Christian missionizing and Jewish response by Robert Chazan( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annotation Our understanding of both Jewish history and the history of Western civilization is deepened by this finely balanced account of Christian missionizing among the Jews. Arguing that until the thirteenth century Western Christendom showed little serious commitment to converting the Jews, Robert Chazan proceeds to detail the special circumstances of that critical century in European history. The Roman Catholic Church, characterized at that time by a remarkable combination of vitality and confidence on the one hand and deep-seated insecurities on the other, embarked on its first vigorous campaign to convert the Jews in significant numbers. Chazan examines the new missionizing endeavor in its formative stages, roughly from 1240 to 1280, and analyzes Christian efforts to convince Jews of the truth of Christianity and, at the same time, of the nullity of the Jewish religious tradition. At least as interesting is his investigation of the Jewish lines of response. These ranged from the postures adopted in public debate to the reassurances penned by Jewish leaders for the eyes and ears of their followers only. Although few Jews were converted by the first wave of this new missionizing thrust, it ranked high among the developments that eventually sapped the strength of late medieval European Jewry
God, humanity, and history : the Hebrew First Crusade narratives by Robert Chazan( Book )

14 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although closely focused on the remarkable Hebrew First-Crusade narratives, Robert Chazan's new interpretation of these texts is anything but narrow, as his title, God, Humanity, and History, strongly suggests. The three surviving Hebrew accounts of the crusaders' devastating assaults on Rhineland Jewish communities during the spring of 1096 have been examined at length, but only now can we appreciate the extent to which they represent their turbulent times. After a close analysis of the texts themselves, Chazan addresses the objectives of the three narratives. He compares these accounts with earlier Jewish history writing and with contemporary crusade historiography. It is in their disjuncture with past forms of Jewish historical narration and their amazing parallels with Latin crusade narratives that the Hebrew narratives are most revealing. We see how they reflect the embeddedness of early Ashkenazic Jewry in the vibrant atmosphere of late-eleventh- and early-twelfth-century northern Europe." -- publisher's description
Modern Jewish history : a source reader by Robert Chazan( Book )

14 editions published between 1969 and 1977 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Church, state, and Jew in the Middle Ages( Book )

8 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fashioning Jewish identity in medieval western Christendom by Robert Chazan( Book )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the course of the twelfth century, increasing numbers of Jews migrated into western Christendom from Islamic lands. But western Christendom was both appealing and threatening to the Jewish immigrants. Indeed, western Christendom was entering a phase of intense missionizing activity, some of which was directed at the long-term Jewish residents of Europe and the Jewish newcomers. The writings of twelfth- and thirteenth-century leaders from southern France and northern Spain constitute the first evidence of Jewish anti-Christian polemics from within western Christendom. These leaders were fully cognizant of the core Christian thrusts, described them in detail for their co-religionists, and rebutted them carefully. This study recreates some of the clarification and rebuttal, and examines the techniques of persuasion adopted by the Jewish polemicists in order to reassure their Jewish readers of the truth of Judaism and the error of Christianity
Barcelona and beyond : the Disputation of 1263 and its aftermath by Robert Chazan( Book )

11 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reassessing Jewish life in Medieval Europe by Robert Chazan( Book )

16 editions published in 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book re-evaluates the prevailing notion that Jews in medieval Christian Europe lived under an appalling regime of ecclesiastical limitation, governmental exploitation and expropriation, and unceasing popular violence. Robert Chazan argues that, while Jewish life in medieval Western Christendom was indeed beset with grave difficulties, it was nevertheless an environment rich in opportunities; the Jews of medieval Europe overcame obstacles, grew in number, explored innovative economic options, and fashioned enduring new forms of Jewish living. His research also provides a reconsideration of the legacy of medieval Jewish life, which is often depicted as equally destructive and projected as the underpinning of the twentieth-century catastrophes of antisemitism and the Holocaust. Dr Chazan's research proves that, although Jewish life in the medieval West laid the foundation for much Jewish suffering in the post-medieval world, it also stimulated considerable Jewish ingenuity, which lies at the root of impressive Jewish successes in the modern West"--
Ki Baruch hu : ancient Near Eastern, biblical, and Judaic studies in honor of Baruch A. Levine( Book )

12 editions published in 1999 in English and Hebrew and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medieval Jewish life : studies from the proceedings of the American Academy for Jewish Research( Book )

12 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The trial of the Talmud : Paris, 1240 by Robert Chazan( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jewish suffering : the interplay of medieval Christian and Jewish perspectives by Robert Chazan( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and Italian and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies in medieval Jewish intellectual and social history : festschrift in honor of Robert Chazan by Elliot R Wolfson( Book )

12 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirteen leading scholars offer a fresh look at four key topics in medieval Jewish studies: the history of Jewish communities in Western Christendom, Jewish-Christian interactions in medieval Europe, medieval Jewish Biblical exegesis and religious literature, and historical representations of medieval Jewry
The new Christian missionizing of the thirteenth century by Robert Chazan( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirteenth-century Jewry in northern France : an economic and political history by Robert Chazan( Book )

12 editions published between 1967 and 1983 in 3 languages and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Jewish badge in early modern Italy: A social and political study of anti-Jewish discrimination by Flora Cassen( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through the Middle Ages and early modern times, the subject of the Jews' appearance, dress and recognizability was of significant concern to religious and secular authorities across Europe. From England in the West to Budapest in the East, and from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries, edicts were issued that attempted to regulate the Jews' appearance through distinctive marks, usually a bright-colored badge or hat. Yet, why anybody cared about the Jews' appearance, how they went about regulating it, and what effects it had on the Jews' lives remain largely unanswered questions. This dissertation investigates the issue of distinctive clothing for the Jews in Northern Italy during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. By analyzing the policies of three independent Italian regions--the Duchy of Milan, the Republic of Genoa and the regions of Piedmont--my research examines the social and political circumstances under which anti-Jewish discrimination appeared, the functions that the Jewish mark served in Italian society, the mechanisms by which the distinctive sign degraded the status of the Jews, and the Jews' reactions to these discriminatory efforts
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European Jewry and the First Crusade
Alternative Names
Chazan, Robert 1936-

Chazan, Robert L. 1936-

Hazan, Robert 1936-

Ḥazan, Roberṭ Ph. D.

Robert Chazan American historian

חזן, רוברט

In the year 1096 : the First Crusade and the JewsMedieval stereotypes and modern antisemitismThe Jews of Medieval Western Christendom, 1000-1500Daggers of faith : thirteenth-century Christian missionizing and Jewish responseGod, humanity, and history : the Hebrew First Crusade narrativesChurch, state, and Jew in the Middle AgesFashioning Jewish identity in medieval western ChristendomBarcelona and beyond : the Disputation of 1263 and its aftermath