Mendoza the Jew: Boxing, Manliness, and Nationalism, A Graphic History

Paperback | December 3, 2013

byRonald Schechter, Liz Clarke

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Inspired by the resounding success of Abina and the Important Men (OUP, 2011), Mendoza the Jew combines a graphic history with primary documentation and contextual information to explore issues of nationalism, identity, culture, and historical methodology through the life story of DanielMendoza. Mendoza was a poor Sephardic Jew from East London who became the boxing champion of Britain in 1789. As a Jew with limited means and a foreign-sounding name, Mendoza was an unlikely symbol of what many Britons considered to be their very own "national" sport. Whereas their adversariesacross the Channel reputedly settled private quarrels by dueling with swords or pistols - leaving widows and orphans in their wake - the British (according to supporters of boxing) tended to settle their disputes with their fists.Mendoza the Jew provides an exciting and lively alternative to conventional lessons on nationalism. Rather than studying learned treatises and political speeches, students can read a graphic history about an eighteenth-century British boxer that demonstrates how ideas and emotions regarding the"nation" permeated the practices of everyday life. Mendoza's story reveals the ambivalent attitudes of British society toward its minorities, who were allowed (sometimes grudgingly) to participate in national life by braving pain and injury in athletic contests, but whose social mobility was limitedand precarious.

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Inspired by the resounding success of Abina and the Important Men (OUP, 2011), Mendoza the Jew combines a graphic history with primary documentation and contextual information to explore issues of nationalism, identity, culture, and historical methodology through the life story of DanielMendoza. Mendoza was a poor Sephardic Jew from Ea...

Ronald Schechter is Associate Professor of History at the College of William and Mary. His book Obstinate Hebrews: Representations of Jews in France, 1715-1815 (2003) won awards from the American Historical Association and the Society for French Historical Studies. Schechter is also the editor of The French Revolution: The Essential R...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:December 3, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: The graphic history1. The Making of a Boxer2. Boxing Lessons3. Odiham4. Stilton5. Doncaster6. "Poor Dan Mendoza"7. So what?Part II: Primary sourcesPart III: Historical contextPart IV: The making of Mendoza the JewPart V: Now it's your turnSuggestions for Further ReadingGlossary