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The Formation of a Persecuting Society by R.I. Moore
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Apr 02, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, comps-medieval, history, history-europe, history-medieval, history-jewish, non-fiction
Read on April 02, 2010

Demolishes the old truism (which I had never encountered) that persecution of heretics, lepers and Jews began in earnest in the 11th and 12th centuries as a result of the concurrent increase in population and power of the same. Argues instead that the practice of persecution was the result of a new European mindset to expel the Other and thereby protect the integrity of the community. Not entirely borne out, and actually blatantly contradicted in the last few pages of the text, which argue that persecution of Jews in England occurred as a result of the particular Christian vulnerability (cultural, intellectual, political, economic) vis-a-vis the Jews.

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