Show Notes: The Expulsion of Jews from Spain

Tracy Wilson

The Alhambra Decree (also known as the Edict of Expulsion) was an edict issued on 31 March 1492 by the joint Catholic Monarchs of Spain (Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon) ordering the expulsion of Jews from the Kingdom of Spain and its territories and possessions Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images

Spain wasn't the first or only nation in Medieval Europe to expel its Jewish population. (It also wasn't yet the unified nation known as Spain for all of the time this episode covers, but we're sticking with Spain for simplicity.) However, in the typical U.S. history classroom, this expulsion is greatly overshadowed by another event that happened in the same year - Christopher Columbus' first voyage.

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Episode link: The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain

My research:

  • Columbus, Christopher. "Journal. (1492)" Fordham University.
  • Marcus, Jacob. "The Jew in the Medieval World." Reprinted at Fordham University Jewish History Sourcebook.
  • Ajami, Fouad. "The Making of Strangers: Muslims, Jews and the Other 1492." TriQuarterly. Dec. 22, 2007.
  • Sheffi, Na'ama. "The Jewish Expulsion from Spain and the Rise of National Socialism on the Hebrew Stage." Jewish Social Studies. 1999.
  • Noble, Graham. "The Expulsion of the Jews of Spain." History Review. Sept. 2006.
  • Nahon, Gerard. "The Impact of the Expulsion from Spain on the Jewish Community of Pre-revolutionary France, 1550-1791." Judaism. Vol. 41 (1992).
  • Perez, Joseph. "History of a Tragedy: The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain." Trans. Lysa Hochroth. University of Illinois Press. 2007.
  • Hedgecoe, Guy. "Sephardic Jews hope to return to Spain." Al-Jazeera. 7/4/2014.

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