'In the contemporary British context, ‘heritage’ is a highly politicized and contentious term', Tony Kusher writes in his introduction to this edited collection of essays on the subject of Jewish heritage, thus setting the tone for a book as much interested in the preservation as it is the understanding of this culture.
This book provides a more theoretical framework for the pursuit of Jewish historiography and heritage preservation in Britain. The essays collected here look both to the past and to the future, discussing the nature of the Jewish heritage that has already been produced and looking toward possibilities of future development. Kushner has collected a wide range of subjects from social history to architecture to the question of Jewish women.
This book will be of interest to students of social history and ethnic studies, particularly Jewish history in London and Manchester. It will be also of some use to those interested in architecture.
Table of Contents
1. Heritage and Ethnicity: An Introduction 2.Dual Heritage or Dual of Heritages?Englishness and Jewishness in the Heritage Industry 3. Englishness and Medieval Anglo-Jewy 4. The Marginalization of Early-Modern Anglo-Jewish History 5. The End of the 'Anglo-Jewish Progress Show'. Representations of the Jewish East End, 1887-1987 6. Carers and Servers of the Jewish Community: The Marginalized Heritage of Jewish Women in Britain 7. Heritage and Community: The Rescue of Manchester's Jewish Past 8. Squandered Heritage: Jewish Buildings in Britain 9. English Heritage, Statutory Control and Jewish Buildings 10. Assimilation by Design: London Synagogues in the Nineteenth Century