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Moses Montefiore – Jewish Rights as Humanitarian Politics

Dr. Abigail Green (Brasenose College, Oxford)

Prof Raphael Gross (Director, Leo Baeck Institute and Jewish Museum Frankfurt) and Dr Daniel Wildmann (Deputy Director, Leo Baeck Institute) have pleasure in inviting you to our next lecture:

Dr. Abigail Green (Brasenose College, Oxford)

Moses Montefiore – Jewisch Rights as Humanitarian Politics

Leo Baeck Institute, 7.00pm, 25 March 210

Drawing on her magisterial new biography, Green revisits Montefiore’s career as a campaigner for Jewish rights at home and abroad. She shows how he leveraged business contacts with men like the anti-slavery campaigner Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton and the Irish nationalist Daniel O’Connell to bring Jews into the mainstream of British politics during the era of slave emancipation and the Great Reform Act. The alliance Montefiore forged with the evangelical and dissenting middle classes in the name of ‘civil and religious liberty’ would enable Montefiore to engage a broad political coalition in support of international Jewish relief as a humanitarian cause during the Damascus Affair of 1840 and the decades that followed.

Abigail Green is Tutor and Fellow in Modern History at Brasenose College, Oxford. She is the author of Fatherlands: State-building and Nationhood in 19th century Germany, and of Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero. Her wide-ranging interests include regionalism and nationalism in Germany, humanitarian philanthropy and religious internationalism.

Admission to this lecture is free but places are limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute: email info@leobaeck.co.uk or phone 020 7580 3493. Lectures begin promptly at 7pm. Latecomers may not be admitted.

Venue: The Wiener Library

Organised by the LBI London and the Jewish Museum Frankfurt/Main in cooperation with Queen Mary, University of London.


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Date and Time:

25 March 2010 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Leo Baeck Institute London
Queen Mary University London
E1 4NS
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