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Author Cesarani, David.

Title Disraeli : the novel politician / David Cesarani.

Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, 2016.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Disraeli,B CES    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 DISRAELI,B CES    Available
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Description viii, 292 pages ; 22 cm.
text txt rdacontent.
unmediated n rdamedia.
volume nc rdacarrier.
Series Jewish Lives.
Jewish lives.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part One. Becoming Disraeli, 1804-1837 -- Part Two. Being Dizzy, 1837-1859 -- Part Three. The Only Jew, 1859-1881 -- Conclusion: The Last Court Jew.
Summary Lauded as a "great Jew," excoriated by antisemites, and one of Britain's most renowned prime ministers, Benjamin Disraeli has been widely celebrated for his role in Jewish history. But is the perception of him as a Jewish hero accurate? In what ways did he contribute to Jewish causes? In this investigation of Disraeli's life and accomplishments, David Cesarani draws a new portrait of one of Europe's leading nineteenth-century statesmen, a complicated, driven, opportunistic man. While acknowledging that Disraeli never denied his Jewish lineage, boasted of Jewish achievements, and argued for Jewish civil rights while serving as MP, Cesarani challenges the assumption that Disraeli truly cared about Jewish issues. Instead, his driving personal ambition required him to confront his Jewishness at the same time as he acted opportunistically. By creating a myth of aristocratic Jewish origins for himself, and by arguing that Jews were a superior race, Disraeli boosted his own career but also contributed to the consolidation of some of the most fundamental stereotypes of modern antisemitism.
Subject Disraeli, Benjamin, 1804-1881.
Prime ministers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1837-1901.
Genre/Form Biographies.
ISBN 9780300137514

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