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Equality, Race and the Jews in Britain c.1750-1900

Event: Equality, Race and the Jews in Britain c.1750-1900
Professor David Feldman, Director
Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism
University of London

Professor Feldman’s lecture will focus on debates during the mid-18th century and 20th century in Britain on the Jews legal and political status, the question of whether Jews constituted a race, and if so, what sort of a race they were. During this period, both non-Jews and Jews returned to this question in the context of a series of political, theological and scientific debates. Many historians have sorted protagonists into opposing camps – Jews versus non-Jews, antisemites versus the Jews’ friends, racists opposed to non-racists. This approach has obscured some significant and surprising points of agreement and co-operation between figures conventionally assigned to opposite sides. Rather than pursue lineages of antisemitism and philosemitism , Professor Feldman will discuss a more open-ended, less moralising inquiry into the ways the Jews’ difference from non-Jews has been understood through time.
Date and time:November 8, 2012
3:45 PM
Location:Area on Campus: Dulles Hall, 230 W. 17th Ave., Room 168, Ohio State campus
Contact:Lori Fireman
Phone Number:614-292-0700
Event category:Melton Center for Jewish Studies
Event Type:Lecture

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