others were amongst the smallest. But what is inevitably downplayed in Weissbach’s work, given the number of case studies, is the importance of specific places and their impact on the formation of majority and minority identities. In this respect, an alternative model is provided within British Jewish historiography through the work of Bill Williams.
Williams’s The Making of Manchester Jewry 1740–1875 (1975) was a pathbreaking study in both urban history and modernJewishhistory. A classic example of the new social history emerging from