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    Towards a cosmopolitan account of Jewish socialism: class, identity and immigration in Edwardian London

    Gidley, Benjamin (2014) Towards a cosmopolitan account of Jewish socialism: class, identity and immigration in Edwardian London. Socialist History journal 45 , pp. 61-79. ISSN 0969-4331.

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    This article reflects on the historiography of Jewish socialism in Britain by arguing that we cannot understand it without attending fully to both its local context and its transnational and specifically Jewish context. Although the article focuses on Edwardian Britain, the argument speaks equally to other times and places, and indeed for other comparable non- Jewish diasporic radicalisms. In anchoring my argument in Edwardian Britain, I will try to show that the particularities of British socialist intellectual culture, as well as the wider social, cultural and political context in which socialism developed here then, gave a particular shape and form to the varieties of socialism which flourished among Jewish immigrants in London, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and other cities – but also that the particular cultural traditions and transnational networks in the (mainly Yiddish-speaking) Ashkenazi Jewish world gave them a particular content.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: ISBN: 9781854891822
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Jewish socialism, immigrant radicalism, Edwardian London, free love, Anglo-Jewish historiography, socialist history, anti-militariam
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Ben Gidley
    Date Deposited: 19 May 2017 07:40
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:33


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