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Pride Versus PrejudiceJewish Doctors and Lawyers in England, 1890-1990$
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John Cooper

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774877

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774877.001.0001

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Jewish Barristers in the Victorian and Edwardian Era 1890‒1914

Jewish Barristers in the Victorian and Edwardian Era 1890‒1914

(p.93) Four Jewish Barristers in the Victorian and Edwardian Era 1890‒1914
Pride Versus Prejudice

John Cooper

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on the Jewish barristers of Victorian and Edwardian England. The Jewish giants of the Victorian Bar, men such as George Jessel, Judah Benjamin, and Arthur Cohen, devoted themselves to the practice of commercial and international law. They were followed by younger barristers, who likewise specialized in various aspects of commercial law or practised in the Chancery courts. Meanwhile, many of the prominent Jewish members of the Edwardian Bar were deeply involved in communal affairs and supplied much of the leadership of Anglo-Jewry. The number of Jews who held judicial office during the late Victorian and Edwardian eras was small, but between the world wars their number shrank still further, paralleling the dearth of consultant positions in teaching hospitals held by Jews with a positive Jewish identity.

Keywords:   Jewish barristers, Victorian England, Edwardian England, Victorian Bar, George Jessel, Judah Benjamin, Arthur Cohen, commercial law, international law, Edwardian Bar

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