Herminie and Fanny Pereire

Elite Jewish women in nineteenth-century France

By Helen M. Davies

Herminie and Fanny Pereire
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  • ISBN: 9781526177650
  • Publish Date: May 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    Herminie and Fanny Pereire were sisters-in-law, married to the eminent Jewish bankers and Saint-Simonian socialists Emile and Isaac. They were also mother and daughter. This book, a companion to the author's acclaimed Emile and Isaac Pereire (2015), sheds new light on elite Jewish families in nineteenth-century France. Drawing on the family archives, it traces the Pereires across a century of major social and political change, from the Napoleonic period to the cusp of the First World War, revealing the active role they played as bourgeois women both within and outside the family. It offers insights into Jewish assimilation, embourgeoisement and gender relations, through the lens of one of the most fascinating families of the century.


    1 The Rodrigues family
    2 Herminie and Fanny: mother and daughter
    3 Relations and relationships
    4 Sociability, entertainment, real estate, and servants: 'Fêtes, because fortune obliges it'
    5 Conspicuous consumption, again 'because fortune obliges it'
    6 Sedaca, charity, philanthropy
    7 Children and marriage: becoming Christian or becoming Jewish?
    8 Being Jewish


    Helen M. Davies is a Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne

    Herminie and Fanny Pereire

    By Helen M. Davies

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