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The Collective Biography of British Jews Lecture

25 January 2018

January 18th 2018

British Jews

As part of the IJS Spring 2018 Lecture series Michael Jolles gave a lecture about the Collective Biography of British Jews.

The genre of collective, as opposed to individual, biography has been under-recognised by historians and historiographers. Who the British Jews were, who did what, and who wrote about them, are the substance of this genre. The lecture started with a definition of the discipline and an outline of the key milestones in the history of collective biography, the principal earlier exponents having included Isaac Vallentine, Elias Lindo, Asher Myers, Lucien Wolf, Joseph Jacobs, Paul Emden and Albert Hyamson

Michael Jolles is the author of: The Northampton Jewish Cemetery; A short history of the Jews of Northampton 1159-1996; Samuel Isaac, Saul Isaac and Nathaniel Isaacs; The Chatham Hebrew Society Synagogue Ledger 1836-1865; A Directory of Distinguished British Jews (1999; 2002); and Jews and the Carlton Club. He is a co-author of the Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011). He is currently researching the history of chazanim in Britain and the history of the Jews in Hastings and St Leonards, East Sussex. He is a council member of the Jewish Historical Society of England and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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