1st Edition

An East End Legacy Essays in Memory of William J Fishman

Edited By Colin Holmes, Anne J Kershen Copyright 2018
    264 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    An East End Legacy is a memorial volume for William J Fishman, whose seminal works on the East End of London in the late nineteenth century have served as a vital starting point for much of the later work on the various complex web of relations in that quarter of the capital.

    A variety of leading scholars utilise the insight of Fishman’s work to present a wide range of insights into the historical characters and events of the East End. The book’s themes include local politics; anti-alienism, anti-Semitism and war; and culture and society. In pursuing these topics, the volume examines in great depth the social, political, religious and cultural changes that have taken place in the area over the past 120 years, many of which remain both significant and relevant. In addition, it illustrates East London’s links with other parts of the world including Europe and America and those territories "beyond the oceans."

    This book will prove valuable reading for researchers and readers interested in Victorian and twentieth century British history, politics and culture.


    Lord Trevor Smith


    Colin Holmes and Anne J Kershen

    1. From East End 1888 to East End 2008: A Journey in the Life of an Inner London Borough

    Anne J Kershen

    Part 1: Politics

    2. Anarchism, Jews, Relief - and Photography? Behind the Lens and behind the Scenes, 1892-1946

    Michael Berkowitz

    3. The Jewish Health Organisation of Great Britain in the East End, 1923-1946

    Todd Endelman

    4. The East End and the Moral Foundations of Bill Fishman's Libertarian Socialism

    Wayne Parsons

    Part 2: Anti-Alienism/Anti-Semitism and War

    5. The Reubens Brothers: Jews, Crime and the East London Connection, 1887-1911

    Colin Holmes

    6. Jews and Bombs: The Making of a Metropolitan Myth, 1916-1945

    Jerry White

    7. Winning the Battle, But What About the War? Cable Street in Context

    Daniel Tilles

    Part 3: Culture and Society

    8. Whitechapel's Yiddish Opera House: The Rise and Fall of the Feinman Yiddish People's Threatre

    David Mazower

    9. The Metropolitan Rhythm of Street Life: A Socio-spatial Analysis of Synagogues and Churches in Nineteenth Century Whitechapel

    Laura Vaughan and Kerstin Sailer

    10. Doing the East End Walk, Oi! Heritage, Ownership and Belonging

    Tony Kushner


    Colin Holmes and Anne J Kershen


    Colin Holmes is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Sheffield, UK.

    Anne J. Kershen is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Migration,Queen Mary University of London and Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.