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An East End Legacy

Essays in Memory of William J Fishman, 1st Edition

Edited by Colin Holmes, Anne J Kershen


246 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents


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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Radical History and Politics

The series Routledge Studies in Radical History and Politics has two areas of interest. Firstly, this series aims to publish books which focus on the history of movements of the radical left. ‘Movement of the radical left’ is here interpreted in its broadest sense as encompassing those past movements for radical change which operated in the mainstream political arena as with political parties, and past movements for change which operated more outside the mainstream as with millenarian movements, anarchist groups, utopian socialist communities, and trade unions. Secondly, this series aims to publish books which focus on more contemporary expressions of radical left-wing politics. Recent years have been witness to the emergence of a multitude of new radical movements adept at getting their voices in the public sphere. From those participating in the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, community unionism, social media forums, independent media outlets, local voluntary organisations campaigning for progressive change, and so on, it seems to be the case that innovative networks of radicalism are being constructed in civil society that operate in different public forms.  

The series very much welcomes titles with a British focus, but is not limited to any particular national context or region. The series will encourage scholars who contribute to this series to draw on perspectives and insights from other disciplines.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Anarchism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Fascism & Totalitarianism