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The Chosen Few by Zvi Eckstein, Maristella Botticini

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CHAPTER 2

Were the Jews a Persecuted Minority?

The Jew was driven by the unfortunate circumstances of his history to be predominantly a townsman. He had to seek an outlet, despairingly, in every branch of the urban economy.

Cecil Roth, 1938

Why are there few Jews in farming? . . . Reuben Kessel offered an attractive explanation: since Jews have been persecuted so often and forced to flee to other countries, they have not invested in immobile land, but in mobile human capital. . . . Of course, someone might counter with the more basic query: but why are they Jews and not Christians or Moslems?

—George J. Stigler and Gary S. Becker, 1977

DO LEGAL STRICTURES OR DISCRIMINATORY MEASURES LIMITING THE economic activities of the Jews throughout much ...

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