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This chapter presents concluding remarks on the study of Sephardim of seventeenth-century Amsterdam. The book describes the intense interest in the Sephardim of seventeenth-century Amsterdam. It shows the communal identity of the Sephardic merchants in Amsterdam varied widely from merchant to merchant and was not always primarily religious. The Sephardim did, by and large, practice endogamous marriage, and formed social, charitable, and religious organizations based upon their religion and ethnicity. Yet these very real social networks formed within the Sephardic and new Christian diaspora were not synonymous with their economic networks, which included non-Sephardic, non-Jewish merchants, as the book demonstrates. The book focuses that inter-cultural associations were not anomalous for successful, elite, cross-community merchants.

Keywords: Christian diaspora; cross-community merchants; inter-cultural associations; Sephardim; seventeenth-century Amsterdam



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