The Ghetto in Global History explores the stubborn tenacity of ‘the ghetto’ over time. As a concept, policy, and experience, the ghetto has served to maintain social, religious, and racial hierarchies over the past five centuries. Transnational in scope, this book allows readers to draw thought-provoking comparisons across time and space among ghettos that are not usually studied alongside one another.
The volume is structured around four main case studies, covering the first ghettos created for Jews in early modern Europe, the Nazis' use of ghettos, the enclosure of African Americans in segregated areas in the United States, and the extreme segregation of blacks in South Africa. The contributors explore issues of discourse, power, and control; examine the internal structures of authority that prevailed; and document the lived experiences of ghetto inhabitants. By discussing ghettos as both tools of control and as sites of resistance, this book offers an unprecedented and fascinating range of interpretations of the meanings of the "ghetto" throughout history. It allows us to trace the circulation of the idea and practice over time and across continents, revealing new linkages between widely disparate settings.
Geographically and chronologically wide-ranging, The Ghetto in Global History will prove indispensable reading for all those interested in the history of spatial segregation, power dynamics, and racial and religious relations across the globe.
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Introduction: The Ghetto Made and Remade
Wendy Z. Goldman and Joe W. Trotter
Part I: The Early Modern Jewish Ghetto
1 - Ghetto: Etymology, Original Definition, Reality, and Diffusion
2 - The End to Confessionalism: Jews, Law, and the Roman Ghetto
3 - The Early Modern Ghetto: A Study in Urban Real Estate
4 - Venice: A Culture of Enclosure, a Culture of Control. The Creation of the Ghetto in the Context of Early Cinquecento
Samuel D. Gruber
Part II: Nazi Ghettos
5 - "There was no work, we only worked for the Germans": Ghettos and Ghetto labor in German-occupied Soviet territories
6 - Hunger in the Ghettos
7 - Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Jewish Committees in the Ghettos of the Mogilev district and the Romanian authorities in Transnistria, 1941 to 1944
8 - Jewish Resistance in Ghettos in the former Soviet Union during the Holocaust
Zvi Gitelman and Lenore J. Weitzman
9 - When (and why) is a ghetto not a "ghetto"? Concentrating and
Segregating Jews in Budapest, 1944
Part III: U.S. and African American Ghettos
10 - Shifting "Ghettos": Established Jews, Jewish Immigrants and
African-Americans in Chicago 1880-1960
11 - "Is a Negro district, in the midst of our fairest cities, to become connotative of the ghetto…?": Using Corpus Analysis to Trace the "Ghetto" in the Black Press, 1900-1930
12 - Constrained But Not Contained: Patterns of Everyday Life
and the Limits of Segregation in 1920s Harlem
13 - The American Ghetto as an International Human Rights Crisis: The Fight Against Racial Restrictive Covenants, 1945-1948
14 - Unmaking the Ghetto: Community Development and Persistent Social Inequality in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia
Part IV: Urban Locations, Apartheid, and the Ghetto in Southern Africa
15 - "Their World Was a Ghetto:" Space, Power and Identity in Alexandra, South Africa’s Squatters’ Movement, 1946-47
16 - Citizens, not Subjects: Spatial Segregation and the Making of Durban’s African
17 - Location Culture in South Africa
Conclusion: Common Themes and New Directions
Wendy Z. Goldman and Joe W. Trotter
"Uncovering lines of connection and distinction stretching from Cinquecento Venice to apartheid Johannesburg via Nazi-controlled Bialystok and segregated Brooklyn, The Ghetto in Global History provides essential new insights into the making, remaking and unmaking of the ghetto as idea, social experience and technology of power."
Daniel Matlin, King's College London, UK
"Wendy Z. Goldman and Joe Trotter, Jr bring together many of the most important historians on ghettos in The Ghetto in Global History. The volume as a whole is an admirable attempt to breathe new life into the study of the classical tradition."
Bryan Cheyette, University of Reading, UK