Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages David Nirenberg

ISBN: 9780691058894

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Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages  by  David Nirenberg

Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages by David Nirenberg
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In the wake of modern genocide, we tend to think of violence against minorities as a sign of intolerance, or, even worse, a prelude to extermination. Violence in the Middle Ages, however, functioned differently, according to David Nirenberg. In thisMoreIn the wake of modern genocide, we tend to think of violence against minorities as a sign of intolerance, or, even worse, a prelude to extermination.

Violence in the Middle Ages, however, functioned differently, according to David Nirenberg. In this provocative book, he focuses on specific attacks against minorities in fourteenth-century France and the Crown of Aragon (Aragon, Catalonia, and Valencia). He argues that these attacks were often perpetrated not by irrational masses laboring under inherited ideologies and prejudices, but by groups that manipulated and reshaped the available discourses on minorities.Nirenbergs argument is elegant and precise.... [His] superb scholarship has done a great service in a matter of great importance, and not only to historians.--Edward Peters, The Historian[This book] is written with a stylistic flair that makes it a pleasure to read, a model of historical research and exposition at its best.--Marc Saperstein, American Historical ReviewNirenberg has ventured unescorted down all manner of unexplored paths....

This is a highly sophisticated piece of work, clever in the best sense of the word, rich and variegated, a treasure-house of perceptive scholarship, sensitively nuanced, beautifully controlled, a delight to handle and a joy to read.--Peter Linehan, Medium Aevum



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