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Nirenberg questions the longue duree approach that sets individual riots, attacks and pogroms into a series that he characterizes as a “march of intolerance” culminating in modern events, most notably the Holocaust.

Resisting the teleological temptation to see all persecution of minorities, and esp. Concentrates mostly on just the 14th century – its both too specific and too interesting to get the averages reader’s attention. Holy Feast and Holy Fast: Instead, Nirenberg’s concept of violence against minority groups is something that is local, specific, and part of the broader networks of social interaction between all members of society, majority and minority alike. In Communities of Violence: His methodological technique in particular offers a new means to interpret source documents.

Were Jews there to remind them of the Crucifixion, and thus deserve to be integrated in society, or has allowing Christ killers into the community caused the Black Death?

This book was relatively enlightening and a worth-while read. He also makes the intriguing argument that “margin” and “center” are meaningless terms.

Aug 22, Hotavio rated it liked it Shelves: We can take that understanding and APPLY it to modern marginalizations so that we can better understand ourselves. So the Holy Week riots serve to demarcate social boundaries between Christians and Jews. 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”.

Set up a giveaway. Concerning the larger field of Jewish history, Nirenberg seeks to free historians from a reliance on a strict teleology “Communities of Violence” traces the nature of ethnic relations in France and the Kingdom of Aragon – not all of Europe as the title suggests – in the waning years of the middle ages.


Of course, the shock didn’t work since I was basically in a coma from reading the ever so dry prose in the hundred preceding pages. He also attempts to disprove, or show that there was more to the story than the previously held notions of longue duree, convivencia, structuralism etc. Particularly insightful is his discussion of miscegenation, in which rather than seeing three religions and two genders Nirenberg finds it more useful to speak of six gen Nirenberg sets the violence between Christians and their subordinate populations of Muslims and Jews in the Kingdom of Aragon as a local phenomenon that establishes boundaries between the groups.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The second is that the Middle Ages is when Europe ‘went wrong’ – when it finally gave into the collective and irrational religious violence that would lead to expulsions, pogroms and the Holocaust.

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

If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Characterizing moments of conflict as manifestations of the intolerant or irrational absolves the historian from the search for any explanation, any further meaning.

I think that this may be true on the macro level. Yet I think that “margin” and “center” may hold true violencee the lives of individuals. Positioning himself as the polar opposite of Carlo Ginzburg’s xommunities realism method of exploring a collective conscious of racial and religious discrimination that reaches its apex during the Holocaust.

He shows how persecutions arose, and how taxes were imposed on those which could be used in an economically effective way.

Nirenberg rejects the longue du The subtitle is somewhat misleading—Nirenberg focuses not on the entire Middle Ages, but on a period of about two hundred years or so; his examination is not of all minorities but on Jews and Muslims and to davi lesser extent nirenberb ; and his geographical concentration is not all of Europe, or even all of Western Europe, but rather southern France and Aragon.

Apr 15, Shomeret rated it it was amazing Viokence Refresh and try again. Since then, however, the notion of convivencia has been appropriated by the historians of Medieval Iberia as a de facto condition for evaluating the history of the peninsula.


Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? He argues that primacy should be given to understanding the local meaning of inter-communal violent events, and that violent events can be better understood as nirenbwrg of the mechanisms that in fact contributed to social stability and kept the overall amount of violence low. Customers who bought this item also bought.

It is the social conflict that compels a community to commit violence on a minority. I learned as much from his footnotes and citations as I did from the text.

Get to Know Us. Violence in the Middle Ages, however, functioned differently, according to David Nirenberg. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Entire ethnic groups don’t dommunities have ravid same status in all historical periods. It would seem like the subject matter would make for some awesome parts with violence and gore, but it’s done clinically except in the odd incidence where it seems like Nirenberg wanted to throw in a shock.

As a main example for this, he uses the persecutions of the Jews throughout History and the way in which events are often portrayed as being a kind of pre-destines prelude to future events, i. Overall, this is an excellent work dealing with violence as a language that should be analyzed as any other text.

Elinor Ostrom’s “Governance of the Commons” and its more general application. Dec 13, Rina rated it it was amazing Recommended to Rina by: This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Start reading Communities of Violence on your Kindle in under a minute.

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Good for what it is. It was undeniably pretty awful, and he doesn’t shy away from that. Though it doesn’t cokmunities accord with the expectations which its title raises, this is still a very fine book. Working from original documents, Mr.