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Broadening Jewish History$
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Todd M. Endelman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113010

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113010.001.0001

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The Chequered Career of ‘Jew’ King

The Chequered Career of ‘Jew’ King

(p.171) Chapter Eight The Chequered Career of ‘Jew’ King
Broadening Jewish History

Todd M. Endelman

Liverpool University Press

This chapter describes Georgian London, which offered exceptional opportunities for advancement to ambitious Jews who had shed the discipline of traditional Judaism. It explores the Jewish community as a network of voluntary associations rather than a state-backed corporate body on the Continent that exercised no police authority over individual Jews. The chapter demonstrates the hedonistic ethic of consumption and expenditure of English landowners and their healthy regard for the pursuit of wealth in a variety of fields that made London a haven for adventurers and climbers who knew how to satisfy aristocratic needs and exploit aristocratic weaknesses. The chapter mentions John King, who was a moneylender who flourished in the freewheeling atmosphere of late Georgian London. It talks about King's links to other Jews as he was one of the best-known Jews in London between 1780 and 1820.

Keywords:   Georgian London, traditional Judaism, English landowners, John King, moneylender, Jewish community

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