Jewish Workers and the Labour Movement: A Comparative Study of Amsterdam, London and Paris, 1870-1914

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Ashgate, 2004 - History - 346 pages
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During the late 19th century, many Jewish workers and intellectuals considered their integration into the general labour movement as a good way to further the double disadvantage they suffered in society as Jews and workers. Whilst in Amsterdam this process encountered few obstacles, it was more tedious in London and Paris. in these three cities, this work reveals the multi-layered and unique position of Jewish workers in the labour market. It shows how various factors such as economic change, political upheaval and state intervention, as well as anti-Semitism, all affected the pace of integration. The comparative approach enables conclusions to be drawn that highlight the similarities as well as the differences between the efforts of Jewish workers to improve their lot in France, Britain and Holland.

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