Settlement and migration from the 1850s to 1914

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:
Settlement and migration from the 1850s to 1914

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From the mid-nineteenth century through to the First World War, the Jewish world was re-shaped by mass migration resulting from a combination of factors—demographic and economic as well as the impact of persecution and discrimination. It was a part of a wider global shift in population from south to north and east to west that reflected the (uneven) impact of a new economic age and the forces of modernity that accompanied it. Britain, in spite of the large numbers settling there, has not featured prominently in Jewish historiography. Within the capital itself the focus has been largely on the East End at the expense of communities that developed in the West End and south of the river. This chapter provides alternative and critical narratives, thereby challenging those who limit Jewish migration to particular times and places. The dynamics of Jews on the move between and within countries and continents are far too multi-layered and intensive to be encapsulated in one story, even if as epic as the Lower East Side. It is only by incorporating the impact of Jewish migration where and when it is, perhaps, least expected that its full complexity and scope can be appreciated.

Keywords: Jewish historiography; mass migration; Britain; East End; Jews

Chapter.  13835 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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