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Shanghai’s Baghdadi Jews: A Collection of Biographical Reflections

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Author and editor: Maisie J. Meyer, with a foreword by Irene Eber

A compilation of 26 biographical accounts from the entire spectrum of Shanghai’s Baghdadi Jewish society offers fresh insights into a remarkable community that lived through the crossroads of China’s 20th-century history.

Using previously unseen diaries and archival material, Shanghai’s Baghdadi Jews documents the rise and fall of larger-than-life personalities who witnessed the Sino-Japanese War, the Occupation of Shanghai and the Communist Party’s rise to power. Photographs illustrate the life and times of these individuals and the magnificent, cosmopolitan city they called home.

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A compilation of 26 biographical accounts from the entire spectrum of Shanghai’s Baghdadi Jewish society offers fresh insights into a remarkable community that lived through the crossroads of China’s 20th-century history.

Using previously unseen diaries and archival material, Shanghai’s Baghdadi Jews documents the rise and fall of larger-than-life personalities who witnessed the Sino-Japanese War, the Occupation of Shanghai and the Communist Party’s rise to power. Photographs illustrate the life and times of these individuals and the magnificent, cosmopolitan city they called home.

“The narrative skill of the author, and the lucid prose flowing from her pen, belie the years of painstaking, dogged pursuance of source material, literally worldwide, all meticulously researched and scrupulously authenticated.” – Sephardi Bulletin

Additional information

Dimensions 216 x 216 mm
Pages

480

Binding

Paperback

Illustrations

50 photographs

About the author

Dr. Maisie Meyer was born and raised in the colonial setting of Calcutta (Kolkata), India and hails from a Baghdadi Jewish family. She is a double graduate in English and Humanities, both with honours, and was awarded a PhD from the London School of Economics in 1994.

From Hong Kong to London, Dr. Meyer has travelled the world to lecture and present papers on Baghdadi Jews in the eastern Diaspora. Her previous book, From the Rivers of Babylon to the Whangpoo: A Century of Sephardi Jewish Life in Shanghai, is considered a definitive history of the Baghdadi Jewish merchants who settled in Shanghai in the mid-19th century.

www.mjmeyer.org.uk