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Title: Jewish identity and community in Belfast, 1920-1948
Author: Linden, Pamela Grace
ISNI:       0000 0004 6061 7117
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis will provide the first rigorous academic analysis of Northern Ireland’s largest Jewish community, focusing on Jewish community and identity in Belfast during three decades of social and political change. This thesis examines the configuration of the local Belfast Jewish community and its position within Jewish networks across both Ireland and the United Kingdom. Jewish occupational composition and class in Belfast are studied through an analysis of marriage records and concepts of Britishness and respectability are considered through an analysis of naturalisation applications. Jewish political identity in Belfast is examined in the context of the violence that erupted in Belfast during the Troubles of 1920-1922 and considers early expressions of political neutrality alongside patriotism and association with royalty and unionism. In addition to local and national politics this thesis analyses the role of Zionist organisations and fundraising in Belfast, and Rabbi Jacob Shachter’s role in a global Zionist movement, providing information on an ethnoreligious political dialogue, distinct from the traditional nationalist-unionist debates, taking place in Belfast during these decades. The importance of Jewish communal welfare structures is considered over two chapters, the first of which studies how Jews in Belfast accessed welfare prior to the 1946 National Insurance Act and 1948 National Assistance Act, addressing communal responses to poor relief, health, and prison welfare. The final chapter examines the Belfast Jewish community’s reaction to Jewish refugees attempting to flee areas of Nazi-controlled Europe and assesses interaction with British Jewish welfare agencies and local organisations formed to assist refugees who made the journey to Northern Ireland.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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