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Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero.

Green, Abigail.

Published by Harvard University Press 210, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London England
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560 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. BIOGRAPHY. Humanitarian, philanthropist, and campaigner for Jewish emancipation on a grand scale, Sir Moses Montefiore (1784-1885) was the preeminent Jewish figure of the nineteenth centuryÑand 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 lifeÑfrom 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. Abigail Green is Tutor and Fellow in History, Brasenose College, University of Oxford. "It would be hard to find words grand enough to describe Abigail Green's history of her relative Sir Moses Montefiore. "Admirable," "dignified," "comprehensive": all of them are true and so much more."ÑRabbi Brian Fox, Jewish Telegraph "Deeply impressive.Green never allows the reader to lose sight of Montefiore's truly pioneering achievements, or of his courage, generosity, and farsightedness. In writing about this incomparable life, Green has produced an incomparable book. More than a biography, Moses Montefiore takes its place as one of the essential works on modern Jewish history."ÑAdam Kirsch, Tablet Magazine "A well-researched and beautifully written biography, Abigail Green's Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero presents for the first time the full story of the preeminent champion of Jewish emancipation on a global scale. Green illuminates Montefiore's life in the UK and his engagement in European and Middle Eastern diplomacy on behalf of his Jewish brethren in all its complexity."ÑJewish Book World "The achievement of this book is in combining sumptuous production, with over five hundred large format pages; especially the fascinating illustrations and quality of content, given the meticulous scholarship, delving into dusty archives in many languages, the clear empathy with and celebration of her subject's warmth and self sacrifice stylishly described. As a scholar of early humanitarianism, Abigail Green has risen to the challenge of describing the life of the man who molded what was then a novel idea."ÑYerachmiel Rubin, Jewish Tribune "The most impressive book I've read this year is Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero.Green's book, however, is not just the biography of a Jewish worthy: it is a wide-ranging study of Britain's liberal imperialism at the zenith of its moral influence, and of the emergence of a modern Jewish consciousness."ÑAdam Kirsch, Times Literary Supplement "[An] extensive and engaging biography.Moses Montefiore's remarkable life is both a Jewish story and an international one, even if today, Montefiore, if he is remembered at all, is remembered almost exclusively in Jewish circles."ÑShalom Goldman, Haaretz "This massive and absorbing biography by Abigail Green does [Montefiore] full justice. In a brief review, Bookseller Inventory # 72715X1

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Title: Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial...

Publisher: Harvard University Press 210, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London England

Binding: Hardcover

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Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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