Sport and British Jewry: Integration, ethnicity and anti-Semitism, 1890-1970

Sport and British Jewry: Integration, ethnicity and anti-Semitism, 1890-1970

by David Dee


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Sport and British Jewry provides the first wide-ranging examination of the importance of sport in the modern history of the British-Jewish community. Covering the period from 1890 through to 1970, the book examines the peak era of Jewish involvement and interest in sport and physical recreation in Britain in recent times.

The book tackles three main themes. First, the author examines the relationship between sport and the integration of Jews hailing from the wave of Russian and Eastern European Jewish migration to Britain in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Secondly, the study looks at how sport impacted on Jewish ethnicity. Thirdly, it addresses how sport became linked to expressions of anti-Semitism and Jewish responses to racial discrimination. As a whole, Sport and British Jewry not only demonstrates the significant impact that Jews had on British sport during this time frame, but also shows the considerable effect that sport had on the lives, experiences and identities of Jews within British society.

David Dee brings together the results of comprehensive and up-to-date research in this original study of British Jewry's sporting past. The range of sources used and the dynamic analysis makes the book appealing to a broad readership, ranging from academics and students interested in the history of British-Jewry and the history of British sport, to the general reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719096570
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 11/26/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

About the Author

David Dee is Lecturer in History at De Montfort University, Leicester

Table of Contents

PART I - Integration and 'Anglicisation'
I. 'Anglicisation' through sport: The Jewish youth movement, 1895-1914
II. Competitive sport and immigrant integration, 1899-1939
III. 'Too Semitic' or 'thoroughly Anglicised'? The life and career of Harold Abrahams
PART II - Religion and Ethnicity
I. 'All on the side of the more athletic form of Sabbatarianism' - Physical recreation and the Jewish Sabbath
II. The 'new' golden age of Jewish professional boxing
III. Creating a 'new Jew'? Sport and Maccabi Great Britain, 1934-1970
PART III - Anti-Semitism
I. The British Union of Fascists and the 'sporting Jew', 1935-1939
II. 'There is no discrimination here, but the committee never elects Jews': anti-Semitism and Golf
III. Kicking discrimination into touch? Sport as a response to anti-Semitism

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