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This front matter section of this book titled The Dutch Intersection: The Jews and the Netherlands in Modern History contains the table of contents, the preface and a list of abbreviations. In the Jewish historical narrative, early modern Amsterdam is known for two things: first, the great measure of religious tolerance the city fathers displayed towards Portuguese converso refugees, allowing them to settle, revert to Judaism, and prosper; and second, the authoritarian Jewish community that those refugees subsequently created, a community that famously had the power to excommunicate and expel the philosopher Baruch Spinoza in July of 1656.

Keywords: early modern Amsterdam; Judaism



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