The Jewish Chronicle and Anglo-Jewry, 1841-1991

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Founded in 1841, the Jewish Chronicle is the oldest continuously published Jewish newspaper in the world. A force for change, a forum for debate and a shaper of Jewish identity; it has played a central part in the development of modern Anglo-Jewry; More than just a mirror of Anglo-Jewish life, registering waves of immigration and social change, the JC has been an active player in historical events. Its editors have intervened decisively in communal history and debated with British statesmen. Once a fierce opponent of Zionism, the paper became its strongest champion. At the time of the Balfour Declaration, Jewish, British and world history intersected in its pages. So important was its influence that in 1947 the directors sacked the editor because they feared his belligerent articles on Palestine would cause anti-Semitism. No historian can understand the inner life of British Jews without looking at the social reports, the sports column, arts and cultural coverage and the advertising that the paper has carried. This book gives an insight into the working of a newspaper, the struggles between editors and directors and the boardroom politics. It is the story of a publishing adventure that became an institution and helped to shape the destiny of an entire community.
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'Future historians, Jewish and non-Jewish, will be grateful to Cesarani for the mass of source material he has diligently assembled and succesfully arranged.' Sam Goldsmith, Hampstead and Highgate Gazette
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521019132
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2005
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Origins and pioneers, 1841-1855 1
Jacob Franklin and Isaac Vallentine, 1841-1844 1
Joseph Mitchell and Marcus Bresslau, 1844-1855 14
Foreign intelligence, 1841-1855 28
2 Defining an identity: the Jewish Chronicle and mid-Victorian Anglo-Jewry, 1855-1878 32
Abraham Benisch, 1855-1868 32
Foreign coverage, the Mortara Affair and Palestine, 1855-1868 40
Jews, religion and culture in mid-Victorian Britain 45
Michael Henry and the perils of Liberalism, 1868-1875 50
Benisch redivivus and the Eastern Question, 1875-1878 60
3 The era of Asher Myers and Israel Davis, 1878-1906 67
Asher Myers, the Russian Crisis and the immigration debate 67
Anglo-Jewry and the immigrants 75
The rise of modern anti-Semitism and Zionism 82
The high noon of Anglo-Jewry 88
Israel Davis and the struggle over the Aliens Act, 1902-1906 95
4 The hegemony of Leopold Greenberg, 1907-1931 103
The new Jewish journalism, 1907-1914 103
Doing its bit: the Jewish Chronicle in the First World War 114
The Jewish Chronicle and the Zionist Movement, 1907-1931 122
Anglo-Jewry between inner city and suburb, 1918-1931 133
5 Discordant interlude: J. M. Rich and Mortimer Epstein 142
6 Ivan Greenberg and the crisis years, 1937-1946 158
The deluge begins, 1937-1939 158
The Second World War and the Holocaust 165
The Jewish Chronicle and the struggle for Palestine, 1937-1946 183
7 The post-war era: J. M. Shaftesley and David Kessler, 1946-1958 193
The establishment of Israel, 1946-1948 193
Reconstruction and the emergence from austerity, 1946-1958 196
Covering the Jewish world, 1946-1958 204
8 The Jewish Chronicle under William Frankel, 1958-1977 210
Angry young men and Anglo-Jewry, 1958-1967 210
Israel, the Six-Day War and after, 1967-1977 226
9 The Jewish press in a divided community: Geoffrey Paul, 1977-1990 236
Conclusion 248
Notes 254
Bibliography 299
Index 315
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