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Patrocinio and authority: Assessing the metropolitan role of the portuguese nation of Amsterdam in the eighteenth century

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The purpose of this chapter is to address the issue of Amsterdam as the Sephardi metropolis. If the role of Amsterdam in the institutional genesis of the Western diaspora is fairly well known, and if historians currently refer to the Dutch metropolis, the very notion of metropolis and its uses need to be broken into a number of topical questions, and deconstructed, in order to move from topos to history: questions of content, regarding which metropolitan functions are expected from or assumed by Amsterdam; questions of time and chronology, mostly assessing the longevity of this metropolitan position: does it fit with the general periodization of the history of Dutch Sephardim, or does it outlive the times of splendor of the Portuguese Nation? The situation in early eighteenth century Hamburg provides a good illustration of a conflict between factions, for which Amsterdam's arbitration is requested.

Keywords: Amsterdam; early eighteenth century Hamburg; metropolitan functions; Portuguese nation



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