Miscellanea 2017
edited by Quest Editorial Staff
by Gabriel Abensour
by Nethanel Treves
by Bieke Van Camp
by Chiara Renzo
by Michele Sarfatti
by Devorah Giladi, Yossi Goldstein


issue 16
Israel: A Diaspora of Memories
issue 15
The Pogroms of the Russian Civil War at 100: New Trends, New Sources
issue 14
Miscellanea 2018
issue 13
Holocaust Research and Archives in the Digital Age
issue 11
Italy’s Fascist Jews: Insights on an Unusual Scenario
issue 10
Holocaust Intersections in 21st-Century Europe
issue 9
The Great War. Reflections, Experiences and Memories of German and Habsburg Jews (1914-1918)
issue 8
Portrait of Italian Jewish Life (1800s-1930s)
issue 7
issue 6
Travels to the "Holy Land": Perceptions, Representations and Narratives
issue 5
Israelis and Palestinians Seeking, Building and Representing Peace. A Historical Appraisal
issue 4
Memory and Forgetting among Jews from the Arab-Muslim Countries. Contested Narratives of a Shared Past
issue 3
The Making of Antisemitism as a Political Movement. Political History as Cultural History (1879-1914)
issue 2
Modernity and the Cities of the Jews
issue 1
Jews in Europe after the Shoah. Studies and Research Perspectives
Miscellanea 2017
Sigmund Freud. Photo by Max Halberstadt, 1921 ca.

Miscellanea 2017

edited by Quest Editorial Staff

With this twelfth installment Quest offers its readers a miscellaneous issue. It is the second time we choose to publish in the Focus section a series of articles not tied together by a unifying theme, the first time was with issue n. 7 in July 2014. While we will return to publishing mostly monographic volumes in the near future, from time to time this journal will be open to the publication of single articles in miscellaneous issues.

The Focus section hosts six research articles, covering diverse topics and time periods, with contributions both from experienced scholars and from a younger generation of researchers. We open the issue with two different contributions in the field of intellectual history: Abensour offers a critical reflection on the influence of Spinoza on Elijah Benamozegh’s peculiar philosophical and theological arguments, shedding light on his notion of tolerance; Treves proposes a critical reappraisal of Freud’s Moses and Monotheism, considering - through de Certau and Barthes - the rhetorical construction of his historical discourse, and pondering on the affinities between aspects of Freud’s approach and the contemporary innovations of the Annales school. We then move on to contributions dedicated to the field of Holocaust studies: Van Camp considers, with lexicometric and qualitative analysis, the social dynamics within Nazi camps and the development of stereotypical representations of the small and peculiar group of Italian Jews who suffered deportation; Renzo instead reconstructs, through a rich archival investigation, the life of Jewish Displaced Persons present in various camps in Italy (1943-1948) and the intricate network of agencies and organizations active in offering relief and support to those survivors of the Holocaust. We close the issue with two articles by more seasoned scholars. Sarfatti analyzes Italian memory policies and in particular the genesis of the law promoting ‘Holocaust Remembrance Day’, its implementation and its effects on Italian society and culture. Giladi and Goldstein study, mainly through the use of the periodical press of the time, the attitudes towards death and the sacrificial cultures of Zionist settlers under Ottoman and later British rule.

As usual, the issue also contains the discussion of a major book – in this instance Raffaella Perin and Paolo Zanini offer their insight on David Kertzer’s The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe – and several book reviews covering various areas of research and debate in the field of Jewish history.

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Quest Editorial Staff, "Introduction" in Miscellanea 2017, ed. Quest Editorial Staff, Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History. Journal of Fondazione CDEC, n. 12 December 2017


issue n. 12 december 2017
ISSN: 2037-741X

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David I. Kertzer
The Pope and Mussolini. The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe
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