The present volume of jemish Historical Studies contains more on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries than previous issues, a shift which reflects changing trends in the research being carried out and made available to the Society rather than a modification of emphasis. We look forward to continuing to publish mat- erial on all periods, and to welcoming papers examining the mid- and later twentieth century as well as those focusing on the Society’s more traditional areas of the Middle Ages through to the eighteenth century.

This volume is dedicated to Sir Isaiah Berlin, one of the most distinguished presidents of this Society, who died in late 1997. It contains an obituary both of him and of Alfred Rubens, the collector and benefactor of the Society and of the Jewish Museum, to whom volume XXVIII was dedicated in 1984.

It is a fitting tribute to Alfred Rubens that the present volume

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