Moses Montefiore

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  • Copyright: 2012-05-07
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Humanitarian, philanthropist, and campaigner for Jewish emancipation on a grand scale, Sir Moses Montefiore (1784-1885) was the preeminent Jewish figure of the nineteenth century-and one of the first truly global celebrities. His story, told here in full for the first time, is a remarkable and illuminating tale of diplomacy and adventure. Abigail Green's sweeping biography follows Montefiore through the realms of court and ghetto, tsar and sultan, synagogue and stock exchange. Interweaving the public triumph of Montefiore's foreign missions with the private tragedy of his childless marriage, this book brings the diversity of nineteenth-century Jewry brilliantly to life-from London to Jerusalem, Rome to St. Petersburg, Morocco to Istanbul. Here we see the origins of Zionism and the rise of international Jewish consciousness, the faltering birth of international human rights, and the making of the modern Middle East. With the globalization and mobilization of religious identities now at the top of the political agenda, Montefiore's life story is relevant as never before. Mining materials from eleven countries in nine languages, Green's masterly biography bridges the East-West divide in modern Jewish history, presenting the transformation of Jewish life in Europe, the Middle East, and the New World as part of a single global phenomenon. As it reestablishes Montefiore's status as a major historical player, it also restores a significant chapter to the history of our modern world.

Author Biography

Abigail Green is Tutor and Fellow in History, Brasenose College, University of Oxford.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. vii
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Note to Readersp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Livorno and Londonp. 9
Making a Fortunep. 24
A World beyond Businessp. 43
The Road to Jerusalemp. 60
Rise, Sir Mosesp. 85
The Land of Milk and Honeyp. 112
The Damascus Affairp. 133
Unity and Dissentp. 158
Winds of Change in Russiap. 174
Trial and Errorp. 199
The Crimean War and Afterp. 228
The Mortara Affairp. 258
Grief and Sore Troublesp. 282
Mission to Marrakeshp. 300
Building Jerusalemp. 320
Crisis in Romaniap. 339
Fading Gloryp. 359
The Final Pilgrimagep. 380
End of an Erap. 403
Conclusionp. 421
Barent-Cohen Family Tree, Showing Judith's Cohen and Rothschild Relativesp. 426
Montefiore Family Treep. 428
Notesp. 431
Archives Consultedp. 517
Indexp. 519
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