History of a Tragedy

9780252031410: Hardback
Release Date: 19th March 2007

Dimensions: 153 x 229

Number of Pages: 176

Series Hispanisms

University of Illinois Press

History of a Tragedy


Written by
Joseph Perez
Translated by
Lysa Hochroth
Introduced by
Helen Nader

A concise retelling of the Sephardic Jews’ grim story

Hardback / £33.00

Few events in the history of Spain have provoked as much controversy as the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. Conflicts within the Catholic Church, suspicions within the newly unified Spain, and the claims of Spanish merchants combined to make the Spain of Ferdinand and Isabella intolerant and inquisitorial. Yet the roots of Spanish anti-Semitism went deeper.  In this concise survey of the expulsion of the Sephardic Jews, Joseph Pérez studies the evolution of the Jewish community in Spain from the time of the Visigoths to the reign of the Catholic kings. He explores the Jewish community’s role in creating and sustaining the vibrant cultural, political, and economic world of medieval Spain, and how growing religious intolerance, a pervasive resentment of the “others,” and a string of escalating encroachments culminated in expulsion.

Joseph Pérez is currently the director of the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid. He is the author of La révolution des "Communidades” de Castille, 1520-1521 and other books. Lysa Hochroth is currently an editor with the International Council of Museums in Paris. Her previous translations includealso Enrique Florescano’s The Myth of Quetzalcoatl.

"This is an exemplary work of humane scholarship that informs its readers and illuminates its subject, and is deserving of the highest praise."--International History Review