The Marginalization of Early Modern Anglo-Jewish History

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Abstract

The history of early modern Anglo-Jewry has suffered from a dual disability: English historians often pass over Jewish themes, while at the same time Anglo-Jewish historiography has been excessively patriotic, conservative, and ‘Whig’, that is, ends-oriented, the 'End of Anglo-Jewish History’ being Emancipation. These tendencies can be illustrated by examining three specific examples: (1) a ‘Christian’ subject whose ‘Jewish’ component has been left out (Newton‘s theology); (2) a'Jewish subject whose ‘Christian’ aspect has been excised (Spinoza and the Quakers); and (3) a ‘neutral’ subject which has been misunderstood through lack of co-operation between gentile and Jewish historians (Anglo-Jewry and the Glorious Revolution).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-77
Number of pages18
JournalImmigrants and Minorities
Volume10
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 1991

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