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Race and the Middle Ages

David Nirenberg

in Rereading the Black Legend

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780226307213
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226307244 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.003.0004
Race and the Middle Ages

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This chapter examines the issue of race in the Middle Ages, focusing on the case of Spain and its Jews. It analyzes whether the Jews were a separate race or they were simply a different religious ethnicity or caste. This chapter summarizes the modern question of race and racialization and investigates how medieval people worked to “naturalize” their own histories of social conflict.

Keywords: race; Middle Ages; Spain; Jews; religious ethnicity; racialization; social conflict

Chapter.  7881 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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