European Citizenship, Sephardi Jews, and the Ottoman Twentieth Century
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Sarah Abrevaya Stein traces the experiences of Mediterranean Jewish women, men, and families who lived through a tumultuous series of wars, border changes, genocides, and mass migrations, all in the shadow of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the ascendance of the modern passport regime. Moving across vast stretches of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas, she tells the intimate stories of people struggling to find a legal place in a world ever more divided by political boundaries and competing nationalist sentiments. From a poor youth who reached France as a stowaway only to be hunted by the Parisian police as a spy to a wealthy Baghdadi-born man in Shanghai who willed his fortune to his Eurasian Buddhist wife, Stein tells stories that illuminate the intertwined nature of minority histories and global politics through the turbulence of the modern era.
Praise For Extraterritorial Dreams: European Citizenship, Sephardi Jews, and the Ottoman Twentieth Century…
— American Historical Review
"Stein’s book aims to complicate our understanding of modern European citizenship by offering
insight into a type of political belonging beyond citizenship and nationality; to contribute to Jewish
history by considering prot´eg´e status as being part of a spectrum of citizenship that was not merely
something someone possessed or lacked, inserting human agency into the historical narrative; and
using the example of the Jewish prot´eg´e to show how Ottoman history shaped the history of
European citizenship. On all three aims it succeeds, weaving together Ottoman, Jewish, Middle
Eastern, and European History through intimate accounts of the travails of fascinating marginal
— International Journal of Middle East Studies
University of Chicago Press, 9780226368221, 240pp.
Publication Date: June 10, 2016