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Point of contestation: Jews in Portsmouth during the long eighteenth century

Tony Kushner

in Anglo-Jewry Since 1066

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780719076541
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702512 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719076541.003.0004
Point of contestation: Jews in Portsmouth during the long eighteenth century

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This chapter analyzes the nature of an intriguing, if sometimes troubled, community of Port Jews, and its complex and multi-layered image inside and outside of Portsmouth. Ultimately it explores why particular memories of Portsmouth Jewry—as both a part of and apart from the town's dangerous ‘sailortown’ community—were so persistent in the nineteenth century and beyond. As was the case with the Jews of medieval Winchester, the representation of Portsmouth Jewry had, through the workings of place identity, a wider significance beyond the locality in question.

Keywords: Port Jews; Jewish community; Portsmouth; memory; place identity; sailortown

Chapter.  13578 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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