Professor Abigail Green

Religious Internationals in the Modern World: Globalization and Faith Communities since 1750 (Palgrave Macmillan, September 2012).

Tracing the emergence of 'Religious Internationals' as a distinctive new phenomenon in world history, this book transforms our understanding of the role of religion in our modern world. Through in-depth studies comparing the experiences of Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews and Muslims, leading experts shed new light on 'global civil society'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero (Harvard University Press, February 2010).

Humanitarian, philanthropist, and campaigner for Jewish emancipation on a grand scale, Sir Moses Montefiore (1784–1885) was the preeminent Jewish figure of the nineteenth century—and one of the first truly global celebrities. His story, told here in full for the first time, is a remarkable and illuminating tale of diplomacy and adventure. Abigail Green’s sweeping biography follows Montefiore through the realms of court and ghetto, tsar and sultan, synagogue and stock exchange.

Interweaving the public triumph of Montefiore’s foreign missions with the private tragedy of his childless marriage, this book brings the diversity of nineteenth-century Jewry brilliantly to life—from London to Jerusalem, Rome to St. Petersburg, Morocco to Istanbul. Here we see the origins of Zionism and the rise of international Jewish consciousness, the faltering birth of international human rights, and the making of the modern Middle East. With the globalization and mobilization of religious identities now at the top of the political agenda, Montefiore’s life story is relevant as never before.

Mining materials from eleven countries in nine languages, Green’s masterly biography bridges the East-West divide in modern Jewish history, presenting the transformation of Jewish life in Europe, the Middle East, and the New World as part of a single global phenomenon. As it reestablishes Montefiore’s status as a major historical player, it also restores a significant chapter to the history of our modern world.


Fatherlands: State-Building and Nationhood in Nineteenth-Century Germany

Fatherlands is an original study of the nature of identity in nineteenth-century Germany, which has crucial implications for the understanding of nationalism, German unification and the German nation state in the modern era. The book approaches these questions from a new and important angle, that of the non-national territorial state. It explores the nature and impact of state-building in non-Prussian Germany. The issues covered range from railway construction and German industrialisation, to the modernisation of German monarchy, the emergence of a free press, the development of a modern educational system, and the role of monuments, museums and public festivities. Fatherlands draws principally on extensive primary research focusing on the three kingdoms of Hanover, Saxony and Württemberg. It is an attempt to 'join up the dots' of German history - moving beyond isolated local, regional and state-based studies to a general understanding of the state formation process in Germany.

  • European political culture
  • International Jewish history
  • Nationalism
  • Humanitarianism

I am currently working towards a book on liberalism and the Jews, which explores the engagement of Jews with liberalism (and liberals with Judaism) both comparatively and transnationally. Previous research has focused on the interaction between regionalism and nationalism in 19th century Germany; on the intersection between international Jewish history, humanitarianism and imperialism; and on religious internationalism as a comparative phenomenon. My new research has prompted a number of collaborative initiatives. With Simon Levis Sullam I will be convening the Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies in 2016-2017 around the theme: Jews, Liberalism, Anti-semitism: The Dialectics of Inclusion. Together with Jaclyn Granick I am also engaged in rethinking Jewish internationalism from a gender perspective, with plans for a workshop in 2018. I welcome proposals from graduates that intersect with any of these broad research interests.

Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies 2016-2017

http://www.orinst.ox.ac.uk/hjs/index.html

  • Humanitarianism in Nineteenth-Century Context: Religious, Gendered, National

  • The limits of intervention: Coercive diplomacy and the Jewish question in the nineteenth century

  • Spirituality, tradition and gender: Judith Montefiore, the very model of a modern Jewish woman

  • Religious Internationals in the Modern World

  • Intervening in the Jewish Question

  • Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero

  • Brothers-in-law: the Rothschilds and the Montefiores

  • Sir Moses Montefiore and the making of the Jewish International

  • The British Empire and the Jews: an imperialism of human rights?

  • Nationalism and the 'Jewish International': religious internationalism in Europe and the Middle East, c.1840-c.1880

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Current DPhil Students

  • Myrna Holstrom
  • Milena Zeidler

I would be willing to hear from potential DPhil students regarding: European history in the long 19th century, modern Jewish history.


I currently teach:

Prelims

FHS

GHIV

GH 11

Approaches Sociology

GH 12

Tocqueville

Nationalism in Western Europe

Meinecke & Kehr

Disciplines of History

HBI VI

 

1919: Remaking the World

 

10 October 2014

‘The Walhalla Hall of Heroes’, part of Germany. Memories of a nation’ BBC Radio 4: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04k6rcg


15 March 2012                 

‘In Our Time: Moses Mendelssohn’ BBC Radio 4, Panel Member: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01djnxx


 

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