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Jews in Modern Europe Study Group

Like Dewdrops in the Waving Grass: Diamonds, Jews, and Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Trade


May 2, 2019
4:45pm - 6:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
May 2, 2019
4:45pm - 6:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall

Please note that the talk will start at 4:45 and not at 4:30, as originally planned.

After the discovery of diamond deposits in South-Africa in 1869, the extraction, trade, manufacturing, and consumption of diamonds intensified spectacularly. The combination of booming supplies, growing bourgeois demand, and technological innovations produced revolutionary changes. Amsterdam became a crucial nodule in the transatlantic network of extraction, production, and trade of rough and polished stones. This talk discusses the effects of the South-African diamond discovery on the Amsterdam Jewish community, half of which depended economically on the diamond by the late 19th century.

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