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    Conceiving difference: religion, race and the Jews in Britain, c.1750-1900

    Feldman, David (2013) Conceiving difference: religion, race and the Jews in Britain, c.1750-1900. History Workshop Journal , ISSN 1363-3554.

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    Abstract

    Were Jews were fundamentally different to others while possessing superficial similarities, or was the reverse the case? This article examines different answers to this question as they were debated at three moments in modern Britain: the mid-eighteenth-century controversy over the naturalization of foreign-born Jews, the politics of religious emancipation in the mid nineteenth century and debates on immigration, empire and race in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Taking the example of the collaboration between the Francis Galton and Joseph Jacobs in the 1880s, the essay shows that at times there was a significant interplay between Jewish and non-Jewish conceptions of the Jews’ difference. Building from this example, the essay proposes that there is a need for the established historiography of antisemitism to be supplemented by new work that is more alive to synchronic contexts and which sets attitudes to Jews alongside other notions of difference.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Research Centres and Institutes: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2013 17:23
    Last Modified: 06 Dec 2016 10:19
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/8805

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