Moving 'out' to be 'in': the suburbanization of London Jewry, 1900-1939
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractBetween 1900 and 1939, Jewish Londoners departed the East End for the suburbs. Relocation, however, was not always the result of individual agency. Many Jews became the object of institutional strategies to coerce and persuade them to disperse away from inner-city areas. Simultaneous to this was the emergence of a dominant pro-suburban rhetoric within and beyond Jewish cultural circles, which aimed to raise aspirations towards middle-class lifestyles. This striking suburban ‘urge’ amongst London Jewry, managed by the community's elite institutions and leaders, was far more than a phenomenon running parallel to wider British society. As this article argues, it was a decisive response to an insidious culture of intolerance and antisemitism.
CitationEwence, H. (2023). Moving ‘out’ to be ‘in’: The suburbanization of London Jewry, 1900–1939. Urban History, 50(4), 739-756. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0963926822000165
PublisherCambridge University Press
DescriptionThis article has been accepted for publication and will appear in a revised form, subsequent to peer review and/or editorial input by Cambridge University Press, in Urban History published by Cambridge University Press. Copyright 2022.
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