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The Alien Jew in the British Imagination, 1881–1905

Space, Mobility and Territoriality

Authors: Ewence, Hannah

  • Explores the debates about citizenship, belonging and the state of the nation in Britain in response to an increase in immigration in the nineteenth century
  • Offers a detailed examination of the territorial anxieties that critically informed how migrants were viewed along with timeless insights 
  • Examines a richly diverse collection of social and political commentary, including fiction, political testimony, ethnography, travel writing, journalism and cartography
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This book explores how fin de siècle Britain and Britons displaced spatially-charged apprehensions about imperial decline, urban decay and unpoliced borders onto Jews from Eastern Europe migrating westwards. The myriad of representations of the ‘alien Jew’ that emerged were the product of, but also a catalyst for, a decisive moment in Britain’s legal history: the fight for the 1905 Aliens Act. Drawing upon a richly diverse collection of social and political commentary, including fiction, political testimony, ethnography, travel writing, journalism and cartography, this volume traces the shifting rhetoric around alien Jews as they journeyed from the Russian Pale of Settlement to London’s East End. By employing a unique and innovative reading of both the aliens debate and racialized discourse concerned with ‘the Jew’, Hannah Ewence demonstrates that ideas about ‘space’ and 'place’ critically informed how migrants were viewed; an argument which remains valid in today’s world.               


About the authors

Hannah Ewence is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Chester, UK, and an Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute for Jewish/non-Jewish Relations at the University of Southampton, UK. She is the co-editor of three volumes in the fields of Jewish Studies and Minority History. Her most recent volume, Minorities and the First World War: From War to Peace, was published by Palgrave in 2017.

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eBook 56,99 €
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  • Due: 27. Oktober 2019
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Hardcover 74,89 €
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  • Due: 27. Oktober 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-25975-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Alien Jew in the British Imagination, 1881–1905
Book Subtitle
Space, Mobility and Territoriality
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-25976-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-25976-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-25975-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 221
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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