An unorthodox history

British Jews since 1945

By Gavin Schaffer

An unorthodox history
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  • ISBN: 9781526165473
  • Publish Date: Feb 2025
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6547-3
    • Pages: 336
    • Price: £20.00
    • Published Date: February 2025


    A bold, new history of British Jewish life since the Second World War.

    Historian Gavin Schaffer wrestles Jewish history away from the question of what others have thought about Jews, focusing instead on the experiences of Jewish people themselves.

    Exploring the complexities of inclusion and exclusion, he shines a light on groups that have been marginalised within Jewish history and culture, such as queer Jews, Jews married to non-Jews, Israel-critical Jews and even Messianic Jews, while offering a fresh look at Jewish activism, Jewish religiosity and Zionism.

    Weaving these stories together, Schaffer argues that there are good reasons to consider Jewish Britons as a unitary whole, even as debates rage about who is entitled to call themselves a Jew. Challenging the idea that British Jewish life is in terminal decline, An unorthodox history demonstrates that Jewish Britain is thriving and that Jewishness is deeply embedded in the country's history and culture.


    1 The last Jew of Merthyr and other bubbe meises
    2 Meshuga frum?
    3 We speak for them
    4 These wicked sons
    5 Oi vay - I'm Jewish and gay
    6 The (un)forgivable sin
    7 The nice Jewish boy (who believes in Jesus)
    8 The last post of the British Empire


    Gavin Schaffer is Professor of Modern British History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on race, ethnicity and immigrant histories and regularly contributes to television and radio.

    An unorthodox history

    By Gavin Schaffer

    Hardcover £20.00 / $29.95

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