THE JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF ENGLAND

The Challenge to Jewish History

Presidential Addresses
delivered before the Jewish Historical Society of England,
October 20, 1936, and January 11, 1938

SOME JEWISH CONTRIBUTIONS TO ENGLISH LIFE

In the course of the last few years, as is obvious to all who follow current tendencies in thought and politics, the position of historical studies in the world has changed. They were formerly considered a scholastic backwater, to be explored by the ordinary reader only for occasional diversion, or, in rare cases, inspiration. But recent events have abolished the time-honoured conception of the “cloistered student.” It is precisely the student and the scholar (as the Germans in particular discovered long ago) who can mould the conceptions of the rising generation, and thereby of a nation as a whole and it is in the universities, the schools and the academies that the present struggle between freedom and obscurantism, liberty and authority, more

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