13 June @ 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Professor Joseph Sasson gives this year’s annual Martin Norton lecture.
The great merchants of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries shaped the globalization of today. The Sassoons, a Baghdadi Jewish trading family, built a global trading enterprise by taking advantage of major historical developments during the nineteenth century.
Their story is not just one of an Arab Jewish family that settled in India, traded in China, and aspired to be British. It also presents an extraordinary vista into the world in which they lived and prospered economically, politically, and socially. The hundred and fifty-year globalization of which they were a part was all-encompassing: they traded with members of every religion and sect around the globe.
The talk will focus on their Jewish connections in the cities they lived in and how their Jewish roots were impacted by their success to be accepted in British society.
Joseph Sassoon is a professor at Georgetown University at the School of Foreign Service and the History Department. He has published extensively on the Middle East, and his book, Saddam Hussein’s Ba`th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime (Cambridge University 2012) won in 2013 the prestigious British-Kuwait prize for the two best books on the Middle East in 2013.
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