Ragusa and Ragusan Jews in the effort to ransom captives

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The struggle between Muslim and Christian blocs in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries involved organized groups of corsairs engaging in maritime piracy and naval battles in the Adriatic Basin on the powers' behalf. The Jews of the city-state of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) were active in ransoming the captives taken in these engagements. This study of documents from the Ragusan archives reveals that they made a significant contribution in this field both as individuals and as a community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-31
Number of pages18
JournalMediterranean Historical Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2002


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