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Money Lending
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The involvement of Jews in the money trade has been attested since the Middle Ages. In medieval Europe, lending money was by far their most important, even if not their only, livelihood. Credit operations went hand in hand with other activities such as coinage, money exchange, precious metal trading, and tax-farming. Like money trading, these occupations required the availability of capital, knowledge of accounting and metallurgy, and close relations with the authorities. With the changes in finance in modern times (Bankers), money lending by Jews (and other groups) came to…

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Toch, Michael, “Money Lending”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 30 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0252>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20210312

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