Liberalism, Anglo-Jewry and the diasporic imagination: Herbert Samuel via Israel Zangwill, 1890-1914


Glover, David, Cheyette, Bryan and Valman, Nadia (eds.) (2003) Liberalism, Anglo-Jewry and the diasporic imagination: Herbert Samuel via Israel Zangwill, 1890-1914. Jewish Culture and History, 6, (1), 186-216.

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Although Herbert Samuel has often been described as the first practising Jew to be appointed to a British Cabinet, the relationship between his Jewishness and his politics was extremely complex, particularly in the early years of his career. A partial comparison of his political beliefs with those of his contemporary, the novelist and activist Israel Zangwill, reveals some of the tensions between Samuel’s liberal philosophy and his responses to social and political issues centred upon London’s East End, especially the ‘anti-alien’ campaigns against Jewish immigration. A brief coda speculates on Zangwill’s likely influence upon Samuel’s later Zionist sympathies.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1462-169X (print)
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BM Judaism
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > English
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Jewish History and Culture
ePrint ID: 12118
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2005
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:03
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/12118

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