And the Jews were very much instrumental in the evolution of Amsterdam from being a small town in the 14-15th centuries to being the trading capital of the world in the 16th century and beyond (also thanks to tradesmen from Antwerp who arrived in the 16th century).
And of course one of the biggest Dutch philosophers descends from the sephardic jews: Spinoza.
: I agree. There can be no arguments about
: Isabel's great impact on the course of
: western civilization with her crucial role
: in the unification of Spain and
: all-important sponsorship of Columbus's
: voyages etc. In my opinion, I thought the
: author might have discussed a bit more about
: the ultimately disastrous consequences for
: Spain's economy and intellectual development
: as a result of her decisions to expel the
: Jewish and Muslim populations and her
: introduction of the Inquisition. However
: this article reinforces my enjoyment of the
: recent Spanish TV series "Isabel"
: and comes as a timely accompaniment to it!
: This article is a summary of the book. Let's
: see the book. Anyway, I am glad how he
: treats this subject in the article.
: Especially when he says that all European
: countries applauded the expulsion of the
: jews. I am always surprised about the
: criticism of the Spanish jews. As the
: article says, it must be understood with the
: mentality of those times and we must have in
: mind that Spain was the last European
: country to expel its jews. Britain, for
: example, did it some centuries before.
: Of course, it was a disaster for the Spanish
: And the Catholic Monarchs did not expel
: Muslims. That happened in the XVII century.
: And about the Inquisition, even if it was
: bad for the country and its evolution, it
: was not so cruel, as depicted by the black
: legend. In more than 3 centuries, around
: 3000 people were sentenced to death.
: Killings of Catholics in England or Geneve
: by Calvin showed higher numbers, if we
: compare the periods of time. And even worse
: if we compare it to the Huguenots. Spain was
: not the first country to introduce the
: Inquisition and its trials had more
: guarantees than ordinary tribunals. Of
: course, I am not defending the Inquisition.
: I know you enjoyed the TV series Isabel, but
: have you seen the 3 series?.
: Will Brexit really affect the plans of
: long-term British residents to become
: Spanish citizens anymore than, say, it would
: for any prospective Spanish citizens born
: outside Europe?
: Many would like (well, need not like) to
: become Spanish citizens, but Spain does not
: allow dual citizenship with the UK. Mostly
: if they lose the access to the health
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