The Jews of Georgian England, 1714-1830: Tradition and Change in a Liberal Society

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Overview


The movement from tradition to modernity engulfed all of the Jewish communities in the West, but hitherto historians have concentrated on the intellectual revolution in Germany by Moses Mendelssohn in the second half of the eighteenth century as the decisive event in the origins of Jewish modernity. In The Jews of Georgian England, Todd M. Endelman challenges the Germanocentric orientation of the bulk of modern Jewish historiography and argues that the modernization of European Jewry encompassed far more than an intellectual revolution.

His study recounts the rise of the Anglo-Jewish elite--great commercial and financial magnates such as the Goldsmids, the Franks, Samson Gideon, and Joseph Salvador--who rapidly adopted the gentlemanly style of life of the landed class and adjusted their religious practices to harmonize with the standards of upper-class Englishmen. Similarly, the Jewish poor--peddlers, hawkers, and old-clothes men--took easily to many patterns of lower-class life, including crime, street violence, sexual promiscuity, and coarse entertainment.

An impressive marshaling of fact and analysis, The Jews of Georgian England serves to illuminate a significant aspect of the Jewish passage to modernity.

"Contributes to English as well as Jewish history. . . . Every reader will learn something new about the statistics, setting or mores of Jewish life in the eighteenth century. . . ." --American Historical Review

Todd M. Endelman is William Haber Professor of Modern Jewish History, University of Michigan. He is also the author of Comparing Jewish Societies, Jewish Apostasy in the Modern World, and Radical Assimilation in English Jewish History, 1656-1945.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472086092
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Series: Ann Arbor Paperbacks
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1 The Interwar Background 1
2 World War II 23
3 The Communists Come to Power 75
4 The Dialectics of Stalinism and Titoism 125
5 The Revenge of the Repressed: East Central Europe Reasserts Itself 147
6 A Precarious Stalemate 191
7 The Various Endgames 227
8 The Postcommunist Decade 265
Notes 303
Suggested Readings 317
Index 325
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