Controversy and Crisis: Studies in the History of the Jews in Modern Britain

Controversy and Crisis: Studies in the History of the Jews in Modern Britain


Geoffrey Alderman

Series: Judaism and Jewish Life
ISBN: 9781934843222 (hardcover)
Pages: 375 pp.
Publication Date: July 2008

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During an academic career spanning forty years, Professor Geoffrey Alderman has produced some of the most authoritative and controversial studies in the field of Jewish history in modern Britain, lighting up the dark corners of the Jewish existence in Great Britain and revealing secrets the Anglo-Jewish communities would rather have kept from public view. In Controversy and Crisis, Alderman presents sixteen of his essays, covering fields as disparate as the history of the Jewish vote in the UK, the true story of the British Chief Rabbinate, and the uneasy tenure of Sir Jonathan Sacks in that office. He also considers the role of the historian in Anglo-Jewish life, and the troubled careers of some of its leaders and scholars. 

Geoffrey  Alderman  studied history at the University of Oxford, where he completed his DPhil in 1969. Currently Michael Gross Professor of Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Buckingham, he is the acknowledged authority on the history of the Jews in modern Britain. In 2006, Oxford conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Letters in respect of his work in this field. For more information about Geoffrey Alderman, please visit

Table of Contents


I Anglo-Jewry: A Suitable Case for Treatment
II Academic Duty and Communal Obligation: Some Thoughts on the Writing of Anglo-Jewish History
III The Jew as Scapegoat? The Settlement and Reception of Jews in South Wales before 1914
IV The Anti-Jewish Riots of August 1911 in South Wales: A Response
V The British Chief Rabbinate: a Most Peculiar Practice
VI Power, Authority and Status in British Jewry: The Chief Rabbinate and Shechita
VII The defence of shechita: Anglo-Jewry and the ‘humane conditions’ regulations of 1990
VIII Jewish Political Attitudes and Voting Patterns in England 1945 – 1987
IX London Jewry and London Politics, 1889 -1934
X Jews in the Economy of London (1850 – 1940) 
XI M. H. Davis: The Rise and Fall of a Communal Upstart
XII English Jews or Jews of the English Persuasion: Reflections on the Emancipation of Anglo-Jewry
XIII British Jewry: The Disintegration of a Community
XIV That Letter ....... Rabbinical Politics and Jewish Management
XV Kosher Sex and Leadership Lubrication
XVI Cecil Roth: A Personal Appraisal

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