Canada's Jews: A People's Journey by Gerald TulchinskyCanada's Jews: A People's Journey by Gerald Tulchinsky

Canada's Jews: A People's Journey

byGerald Tulchinsky

Paperback | May 24, 2008

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The history of the Jewish community in Canada says as much about the development of the nation as it does about the Jewish people. Spurred on by upheavals in Eastern Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, many Jews emigrated to the Dominion of Canada, which was then considered little more than a British satellite state. Over the ensuing decades, as the Canadian Jewish identity was forged, Canada itself underwent the transformative experience of separating itself from Britain and distinguishing itself from the United States. In this light, the Canadian Jewish identity was formulated within the parameters of the emerging Canadian national personality.

Canada's Jews is an account of this remarkable story as told by one of the leading authors and historians on the Jewish legacy in Canada. Drawing on his previous work on the subject, Gerald Tulchinsky illuminates the struggle against anti-Semitism and the search for a livelihood amongst the Jewish community. He demonstrates that, far from being a fragment of the Old World, the Canadian Jewry grew from a tiny group of transplanted Europeans to a fully articulated, diversified, and dynamic national group that defined itself as Canadian while expressing itself in the varied political and social contexts of the Dominion.

Canada's Jews covers the 240-year period from the beginnings of the Jewish community in the 1760s to the present day, illuminating the golden chain of Jewish tradition, religion, language, economy, and history as established and renewed in the northern lands. With important points about labour, immigration, and anti-Semitism, it is a timely book that offers sober observations about the Jewish experience and its relation to Canadian history.

Gerald Tulchinsky is an emeritus professor in the Department of Queen's University. He is also the author of Canada's Jews and a winner of both the J.I. Segal Award and the Toronto Jewish Book Award.
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Title:Canada's Jews: A People's JourneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:530 pages, 9.02 × 6 × 1.63 inPublished:May 24, 2008Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802093868

ISBN - 13:9780802093868

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Abundant It contains a wealth of information. Anyone with a desire to learn more about the history of the Jewish community will come away with a better understanding of their circumstances, their struggles and how it has affected the way Jews currently live today.
Date published: 2017-03-18

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Introduction

PART ONE: BEGINNINGS, 1768–1890

  • 1 Foundations in the Colonial Era
  • 2 Pedlars and Settlers on the Urban Frontiers
  • 3 Victorian Montreal and Western Settlement

PART TWO: EMERGENCE OF A NATIONAL COMMUNITY, 1890–1919

  • 4 Travails of Urbanization
  • 5 ‘Corner of Pain and Anguish’
  • 6 Zionism, Protest, and Reform

PART THREE: BETWEEN THE WARS, 1919–1939

  • 7 Jewish Geography of the 1920s and 1930s
  • 8 Clothing and Politics
  • 9 The Politics of Marginality
  • 10 ‘Not Complex or Sophisticated’: Interwar Zionism

PART FOUR: THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND BEYOND, 1940–2008

  • 11 Into Battle
  • 12 Post-war Readjustments
  • 13 Jewish Ethnicity in Multicultural Canada, 1960–1980
  • 14 Complexities and Uncertainties

Epilogue: Oyfn Veg (On the Road)

Appendix: Jewish Population of Major Canadian Cities, 1891–2001

Notes

A Select Bibliography of Secondary Sources

Index