Jewish Ireland in the Age of Joyce: A Socioeconomic History

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Princeton University Press, 2006 - History - 300 pages

"Written with quiet assurance and understated authority, Cormac Ó Gráda's richly detailed look at a small group of people tells us something very important about the economic history of Ireland and about the gaps in that society that Jews could fill. It also shows how Jews in general made ends meet in the merciless economics of Diaspora. But, most importantly, this book tells us how even a small ethnic community can embody a powerful economic principle; how culture, religion, tradition, and investment in different kinds of human capital play roles in the formation and operation of economic institutions."--Joel Mokyr, Northwestern University, author of Gifts of Athena

"Cormac Ó Gráda has written a fascinating economic and demographic history of Irish Jewry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He tracks the emergence and subsequent shrinkage of this Ashkenazic Jewish community. This is an outstanding addition to the growing literature on the history of very small Diaspora communities. The writing style will attract both scholars and history buffs of Ireland and of Diaspora Jewry."--Barry R. Chiswick, University of Illinois at Chicago, author of The Economics of Immigration

"Jewish Ireland in the Age of Joyce compels a reconsideration of innumerable assumptions about Joyce's picture of Dublin, and this landmark work should spark off a fundamental debate about the relationship between imaginative literature and history. Sure to be pored over by specialists in a wide range of fields, this is one of the most exciting examples of scholarly enquiry I have read in many years."--J. J. Lee, New York University and University College, Cork, author of Ireland, 1912-1985: Politics and Society

 

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Contents

Chapter
7
Arrival and Context
9
2a Emigration of Jews and Others from Russia 18801914
20
Chapter 2
30
in Dublin Registration Area 188387 and 190110
37
Chapter 3
45
Chapter 4
72
2a The Occupational Profile of Jews and Others in Ireland
76
Schooling and Literacy
122
The Demography of Irish Jewry
129
Five Years by Mothers Nationality Manhattan 1915
145
Fertility and InfantChild Mortality
154
Marginal Effects
155
Chapter 8
160
Chapter 9
178
Chapter 10
204

1ap Shifting Shares of Several Occupations or Occupational
78
Choice in the United States
92
2a Dufferin Avenue
100
3a b The Streets of Little Jerusalem 109110
109
Chapter 6
116
Appendix 1
217
Appendix 3
224
Bibliography
271
Index
295
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Cormac Ó Gráda is Professor of Economics at University College Dublin. His seven previous books include Black '47 and Beyond (Princeton), which won the 2000 James J. Donnelly, Sr., Prize for Best Book on Irish History or Social Studies and was one of Choice's Outstanding Academic Books of 1999.

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