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Jewish Chaplaincy in the British Armed Forces, from its Inception in 1892 until the Present Day

Lewis, Jonathan Malcolm; (2020) Jewish Chaplaincy in the British Armed Forces, from its Inception in 1892 until the Present Day. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Only during the last two decades has the entire subject of the interface of war, faith and religion begun to receive scholarly attention. Research has not until now extended to the thesis topic of British Jewish military chaplaincy. The thesis is therefore based largely upon original research, locating material from a broad spectrum of sources, publicly available and private, to form a coherent narrative of British Jewish chaplaincy from its inception in 1892 until the present day. The thesis seeks to understand Jewish chaplaincy as a product of larger social and institutional change and to contextualise it within broader interpretations by leading contemporary historians of British Jewish history and of Jewish military history. It argues that the initiative for the creation and development of Jewish chaplaincy in the British armed forces derived at key points mainly from the British Jewish community through its representative bodies and from some individuals, with the governmental and military authorities in a generally supportive but essentially reactive role. It also argues that during both world wars in the frequent inevitable absence of an official chaplain what might be termed unofficial chaplaincy by Jewish soldiers facilitating spiritual support and religious observance for themselves and others was of real significance.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Jewish Chaplaincy in the British Armed Forces, from its Inception in 1892 until the Present Day
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2020. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10108956
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