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Oxford University Press
New York and Oxford
A Graphic History
Inspired by the resounding success of Abina and the Important Men (OUP, 2011), Mendoza the Jewcombines a graphic history with primary documentation and contextual information to explore issues of nationalism, identity, culture, and historical methodology through the life story of Daniel Mendoza. 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 adversaries across 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.
Full acknowledgement is made of the original publication pp. xv-14, Mendoza the Jew: Boxing, Manliness and Nationalism by Ronald Schechter and Liz Clarke, 2013, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press https://global.oup.com/academic/product/mendoza-the-jew-9780199334094?lang=en&cc=us
Schechter, Ronald and Clarke, Liz. "Mendoza the Jew: Boxing, Manliness and Nationalism" (2013). New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.