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The Merchant of Venice and the Western Sephardic Diaspora: Fiction & History – Francesca Trivellato
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States + Google Map
Taking a cue from a passage in Shakespeare’s play, the talk analyzes the tension between the contractual freedom that Western Sephardic merchants enjoyed within the confines of the marketplace and the discrimination to which they remained subjected in their daily lives, even in the most tolerant cities of Western Europe and the Americas, during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It argues that this tension has broad implications for how we think about the development of capitalism at large.
Francesca Trivellato is the Andrew W. Mellon of Early Modern European History at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, and the author, most recently, of The Promise and Peril of Credit: What a Forgotten Legend about Jews and Finance Tells us about the Making of European Commercial Society (Princeton University Press, 2019), which won the 2020 Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History. She is a co-founder and co-editor of Capitalism: A Journal of History and Economics.
Francesca Trivellato (Institute for Advanced Study)
Moderator: Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA)