The Jew as Scapegoat? The Settlement and Reception of Jews in South Wales before 1914

Writing the history of the recent past is always a dangerous exercise. Writing the history of the recent Jewish past can also be a depressing one. And no Jewish historian, attempting to trace any facet of recent Jewish history, can, I believe, do so merely on account of the past’s intrinsic value. We Jews live with our past; we cannot escape from it. We ought not to ignore its lessons, for we are burdened with its conse? quences. And those of us whose interests lie in the field of Anglo-Jewish history clearly have a special duty to write and explain that history, ‘warts and all’. Too much of what, until fairly recently, had been written about the history of the Jewish community in the United Kingdom was family history, to the exclusion of communal developments. Too much communal history has been concerned with growth and achieve? ment, not enough with

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