This book makes deliberate, explicit, and extensive reference to the medieval social history of Christians and Jews in Europe. It presents an underlying thesis that is closer to the traditional view of continuity between the religious and social surroundings of medieval and early modern Jews.
Introduction: From medieval to modern times? 1. Jewish expulsion and dispersion from Spain 2. Renaissance, Reformation, and the Jews 3. Jews in Italy and the Counter-Reformation 4. Jews under Catholicism and Protestantism: the Netherlands, the Empire, and Poland 5. A ‘modern’ Jewish life? 6. Spiritual crisis and toleration 7. Jews and Christians on the eve of the Enlightenment