The Sephardic Atlantic

Colonial Histories and Postcolonial Perspectives

  • Sina Rauschenbach
  • Jonathan Schorsch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Sina Rauschenbach, Jonathan Schorsch
    Pages 1-20
  3. Race and Blood

  4. Metropoles and Colonies

  5. History and Memory

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 361-395

About this book


This volume contributes to the growing field of Early Modern Jewish Atlantic History, while stimulating new discussions at the interface between Jewish Studies and Postcolonial Studies. It is a collection of substantive, sophisticated and variegated essays, combining case studies with theoretical reflections, organized into three sections: race and blood, metropoles and colonies, and history and memory. Twelve chapters treat converso slave traders, race and early Afro-Portuguese relations in West Africa, Sephardim and people of color in nineteenth-century Curaçao, Portuguese converso/Sephardic imperialist behavior, Caspar Barlaeus’ attitude toward Jews in the Sephardic Atlantic, Jewish-Creole historiography in eighteenth-century Suriname, Savannah’s eighteenth-century Sephardic community in an Altantic setting, Freemasonry and Sephardim in the British Empire, the figure of Columbus in popular literature about the Caribbean, key works of Caribbean postcolonial literature on Sephardim, the holocaust, slavery and race, Canadian Jewish identity in the reception history of Esther Brandeau/Jacques La Fargue and Moroccan-Jewish memories of a sixteenth-century Portuguese military defeat.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sina Rauschenbach
    • 1
  • Jonathan Schorsch
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  2. 2.University of PotsdamPotsdamGermany

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