Life in an East-End Tenement Block, 1887-1920
By (author) Jerry White
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Rothschild Buildings by Jerry White
Book DescriptionWinner of the Jewish Chronicle Harold H. Wingate Literary Award. Rothschild Buildings were typical of the 'model dwellings for the working classes' which were such an important part of the response to late-Victorian London's housing problem. They were built for poor but respectable Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, and the community which put down roots there was to be characteristic of the East End Jewish working class in its formative years. By talking to people who grew up in the Buildings in the 1890s and after, and using untapped documentary evidence from a wide range of public and private sources, the author re-creates the richly detailed life of that community and its relations with the economy and culture around it. The book shows how cramped and austere housing was made into homes; how the mechanism of class domination, of which the Buildings were part, was both accepted and fought against; how a close community was riven with constantly shifting tensions; and how that community co-existed in surprising ways with the East End casual poor of 'outcast London'. It provides unique and fascinating insights into immigrant and working-class life at the turn of the last century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780712601467
(235mm x 154mm x 22mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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London in the Twentieth Century, Paperback (October 2016)View all books by Jerry White
In 1901 no other city matched London in size, wealth and grandeur. Yet it was also a city where poverty and disease were rife. In the worlds of work and popular culture, politics and crime, through war, immigration and sexual revolution, this history shows how the city shaped their lives and how it in turn was shaped by them.
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Author Biography - Jerry White
Professor Jerry White teaches London history at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of an acclaimed trilogy of London from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. His most recent book is Zeppelin Nights, a social history of London during the First World War. He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by the University of London in 2005 and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
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