Description - Rothschild Buildings by Jerry White
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 documentary evidence from a wide range of public and private sources, Jerry White re-creates the richly detailed life of that community and its relations with the economy and culture around it. he 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".
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Author Biography - Jerry White
Jerry White is the author of The Worst Street in North London- Campbell Bunk, Islington, Between the Wars (1986) and the award-winning London in the Twentieth Century- A City and its People (2001). Rothschild Buildings, his first book, won the Jewish Chronicle Non-fiction Book Prize for 1980. He is one of the three Local Government Ombudsmen for England and Visiting Professor at the School of History and Politics, Middlesex University, and is writing two books for Cape/Pimlico about London in the 18th and 19th centuries.