Albion and Jerusalem: The Anglo-Jewish Community in the by Michael Clark

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By Michael Clark

Lionel de Rothschild's hard-fought access into Parliament in 1858 marked the emancipation of Jews in Britain--the symbolic end of Jews' crusade for equivalent rights and their inclusion as voters after centuries of discrimination. Jewish existence entered a brand new section: the post-emancipation period. yet what did this suggest for the Jewish group and their interactions with wider society? and the way did Britain's kingdom and society react to its most up-to-date citizens?

Emancipation used to be ambiguous. attractiveness carried expectancies, in addition to possibilities. Integrating into British society required alterations to conventional Jewish identification, simply because it additionally widened conceptions of Britishness. Many Jews willingly embraced their setting and shaped a distinct Jewish life: blending in all degrees of society; experiencing fiscal good fortune; and establishing and translating its religion alongside Anglican grounds. notwithstanding, in contrast to many different eu Jews, Anglo-Jews stayed unswerving to their religion. Conversion and outmarriage remained infrequent, and connections have been maintained with international family members. The neighborhood used to be even keen now and then to put its Jewish and English identification in clash, as occurred in the course of the 1876-8 jap Crisis--which provoked the 1st episode of recent antisemitism in Britain.

the character of Jewish lifestyles in Britain was once doubtful and constructing within the post-emancipation period. Focusing upon inter-linked case stories of Anglo-Jewry's political task, inner executive, and spiritual improvement, Michael Clark explores the dilemmas of id and inter-faith kin that faced the minority in past due nineteenth-century Britain. This used to be an important interval within which the Anglo-Jewish group formed the root of its glossy life, when the British nation explored the bounds of its toleration.

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