Moses Montefiore

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Harvard University Press, Mar 15, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 540 pages
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Humanitarian, philanthropist, and campaigner for Jewish emancipation on a grand scale, Sir Moses Montefiore (1784‚e"1885) was the preeminent Jewish figure of the nineteenth century‚e"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‚e"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.

  

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Review: Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero

User Review  - Margaret Sankey - Goodreads

Idolized in his lifetime (most of the 19th century), but ignored in favor of the Rothschilds, Disraeli and Hertzl in recent surveys of European Jews, Moses Montefiori sat at the center of a network of ... Read full review

Review: Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero

User Review  - Mark Levine - Goodreads

More history than biography as she tells us that his diaries are gone(destroyed).He actively lived one century,participating in all the major events of that time.He helped change the nature of Jewish ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Cover of Harpers Weekly October 20 1883
7
Livorno and London
9
Mr and Mrs Joseph Elias Montefiore and four of their children
20
Making a Fortune
24
The Royal Exchange
37
A World beyond Business
43
Isaac Lyon Goldsmid
55
Unity and Dissent
158
The Return of the Jewish Volunteer
162
Winds of Change in Russia
174
Tsar Nicholas I
182
Trial and Error
199
Colonel George Gawler
215
The Crimean War and After
228
The Mortara Affair
258

The Road to Jerusalem
60
Jerusalem from the road leading to Bethany
73
Rise Sir Moses
85
East Cliff Lodge Ramsgate
98
The Land of Milk and Honey
112
Dr Louis Loewe
113
Interview with Mehmed Ali in Alexandria
131
The Damascus Affair
133
Port Constantinople
149
Grief and Sore Troubles
282
Mission to Marrakesh
300
Building Jerusalem
320
Crisis in Romania
339
Fading Glory
359
The Final Pilgrimage
380
End of an Era
403
Showing Judiths Cohen
426
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

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

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