From Getting to Spending

Seminar, DHI London

"From Getting to Spending: Consumer Culture and the Making of Jewish Identity" by Gideon Reuveni (Sussex).

Anti-Semitic stereotypes of Jews as capitalists have paralysed research into the economic dimension of the Jewish past. The figure of the Geldjude haunted the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. But Jews were not only money-makers but also money-spenders. This paper will offer an insight into this crucial and neglected axis of consumption, identity, and Jewish history in Europe.