“Not by choice, but by necessity”. The readmission of Jews in the Kingdom of Naples (1740 – 1747)
Palabras clave:Jews, Reform, Kingdom of Naples, Commerce, Usury
On February 3, 1740, Charles of Bourbon readmitted the Jews in his Kingdom. The reform needed an act of courage: what was being discussed was not only the opportunity to regulate the subject, but, above all, the strength to rule autonomously, without being conditioned by the Court of Rome. So the issue became a test for King’s strength and Government’s legal ability. The Jews’ readmission act was the result of political-economic calculation and was intended to be part of the reform plan launched for the wider promotion of the Kingdom. In order to promote the economic and financial renewal, the reform marked a decisive turning point. This aim reduces the importance of the provisions from the humanitarian and egalitarian point of view. But, even if indirectly and for a short time, the economic enterprise was resolved in a flywheel of development which, starting from material considerations, managed to reach higher goals.
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