This book is a study of the history and memory of Anglo-Jewry from medieval times to the present and explores the construction of identities, both Jewish and non-Jewish, in relation to the concept of place. The introductory chapters provide a theoretical overview focusing on the nature of local studies. The book then moves into a chronological frame, starting with medieval Winchester, moving to early modern Portsmouth, and then it covers the evolution of Anglo-Jewry from emancipation to the twentieth century. Emphasis is placed on the impact on identities resulting from the complex relationship between migration (including transmigration) and the settlement of minority groups. Drawing upon a range of approaches, including history, cultural and literary studies, geography, Jewish and ethnic and racial studies, the book uses extensive sources including novels, poems, art, travel literature, autobiographical writing, official documentation, newspapers and census data.
is also implicit denial of the factor insisted upon by Doreen Massey that ‘the local is always a product in part of “global” forces’. 77 Furthermore, the ‘otherness’ of certain minority groups, real or imagined, at particular points and places was emphasised in defining the ‘self’; in this respect, the essence of a locality. In Chapters 3 and 4 of this study we will see this in relation to the Jews of medieval Winchester and earlymodernPortsmouth respectively. In both cases, post-1945 Hampshire journals continued a longstanding tradition of presenting Jews