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The Stanford Center for Law and History is excited to announce an upcoming book talk featuring Professor Rowan Dorin (Stanford University Department of History) with Jessica Goldberg (UCLA) and Laurent Mayali (Berkeley Law) as commentators. The talk will be held on February 15, 2023 from 4:15-6:00pm PST at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity 1st Floor Conference Room in Stanford Main Quad Bldg 360, as well as on Zoom (link distributed to those who register). Following the talk and discussion, there will be a wine and cheese reception.
Law and Explusion in Medieval Europe:
Beginning in the twelfth century, Jewish moneylenders increasingly found themselves in the crosshairs of European authorities, who denounced the evils of usury as they expelled Jews from their lands. Yet Jews were not alone in supplying coin and credit to needy borrowers. Across much of Western Europe, foreign Christians likewise engaged in professional moneylending, and they too faced repeated threats of expulsion from the communities in which they settled. In charting the emergence and spread of this association between usury and expulsion, No Return reveals how mass expulsion became a pervasive feature of European law and politics—with tragic consequences that have reverberated down to the present.