Sir Moses Montefiore : A Centennial Biography
Originally published in 1884 as a centennial biography for Sir Moses Montefiore (1784-1885), this book draws on official records and informal writings to create a well-rounded account of Montefiore's life as, firstly, a financier and, later, a significant Jewish community leader. In an age of frequent pogroms and anti-Semitic prejudice in Europe, Montefiore immersed himself in philanthropic works after a religious awakening in 1824 in Palestine. By encouraging reforms, lobbying for the release of wrongfully imprisoned Jews and investing in Jewish projects all over Europe, he endeavoured to improve the lives and rights of Jews globally. Wolf (1857-1930) was himself a prominent political journalist and campaigner for Jewish rights. His book not only recounts Montefiore's life and achievements, but also incorporates the history of English Jews between 750 and 1837.
- Electronic book text
- 05 Apr 2012
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 1 b/w illus.
Table of contents
Preface; 1. Family and early life; 2. Commercial career; 3. First visit to the Holy Land; 4. Early communal labours; 5. The Jews of England (750-1837); 6. Second visit to the Holy Land; 7. The Damascus drama; 8. The mission to Mehemet Ali; 9. Five years of home work; 10. The Jewish question in Russia; 11. Russian persecutions: mission to Czar Nicholas; 12. A busy decade; 13. The Mortara case, etc.; 14. Lady Montefiore; 15. The journey to Morocco; 16. Another busy decade; 17. 'Forty days' sojourn in the Holy Land'; 18. Conclusion.