Abstract

Abstract:

Eighteenth-century representations of London Jews afford insight into how growing awareness of cultural shifts shaped debates concerning the changing conditions of the eighteenth-century Atlantic economy. Discourse about London Jews concentrated on two major and contradictory facets of Jewish life in London: public displays of opulence by more established Jews and the pockets of extreme poverty and instances of criminal behavior that were visible among poorer Jews. Newspaper and diary accounts of Jewish opulence and urban squalor offered both British and North American readers a range of speculative possibilities about the future.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-315X
Print ISSN
0013-2586
Pages
pp. 269-288
Launched on MUSE
2017-04-04
Open Access
No
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