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Title Disraeli : the novel politician / David Cesarani.
Author Cesarani, David, author.
Publication New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
Description viii, 292 pages : portrait ; 22 cm.
Series Jewish Lives
Jewish lives (New Haven, Conn.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part One. Becoming Disraeli, 1804-1837 -- Part Two. Being Dizzy, 1837-1859 -- Part Three. The Old 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 groundbreaking, lucid 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.-- Publisher data and jacket.
Subject Disraeli, Benjamin, 1804-1881.
Prime ministers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1837-1901.
Disraeli, Benjamin, 1804-1881. (OCoLC)fst01800791
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Prime ministers. (OCoLC)fst01076416
Great Britain. (OCoLC)fst01204623
Genre Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
ISBN 9780300137514 (cloth : alk. paper)
0300137516 (cloth : alk. paper)

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 Sheepshead Biog  B DISRAELI C    CHECK SHELVES