Dr Dave Dee

Job: Associate Professor in Modern History

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 7398

E: ddee@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://dmu.academia.edu/DavidDee

 

Personal profile

David Dee is an Associate Professor/Reader in Modern History within the School of Humanities, having formerly held Visiting Lecturer positions within the School of History and Cultures at University of Birmingham and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University.

David is a social historian with particular interests in the history of race, ethnicity and immigration in Britain and sport/leisure history in Western society.

His first research monograph, entitled Sport and British Jewry: Integration, Ethnicity and anti-Semitism, 1890-1970 was published in hardback in January 2013 by Manchester University Press and as a paperback in November 2014. The book has been labelled the ‘best and clearest account of one of the missing links in the history of British Jewry’ (Prof. Sander Gilman), a ‘seminal work’ (Prof. Geoffrey Alderman), ‘rich in detail’ (Prof. Todd Endelman) and ‘an important piece of social and cultural history’ (Prof. Tony Kushner). 

His second monograph, entitled The 'Estranged Generation'? Social and Generational Change in Interwar British Jewry, published in hardback/E-Book in Autumn 2017 and paperback in Spring 2019 by Palgrave, investigates the social history of the British Jewish community in the interwar years. The monograph has been labelled 'well written and richly documented' (Prof. Susan Tanabaum) and 'an important and timely book... an engaging and lively study' (Prof. Tony Kushner).

David has also contributed articles to numerous historical journals, including The London Journal, Immigrants and Minorities, Patterns of Prejudice, The International Journal of the History of Sport, Journal of Sport History, Labor History, Labour History Review and Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England.

He has spoken widely about his research to academic audiences and at public events held by organisations such as the Memorial de la Shoah, Paris, Jewish Book Week, Jewish Museum, London and the Manchester Jewish Museum. David is also a reviewer and referee for several academic journals and has undertaken consultancy and advisory work for a number of museums, funding bodies and National Government bodies.

Publications and outputs 

  • The 'Estranged' Generation? Social and Generational Change in Interwar British Jewry
    The 'Estranged' Generation? Social and Generational Change in Interwar British Jewry Dee, David Gareth This book focuses on the nature and extent of social change, integration and identity transformation within the Jewish community of Britain during the interwar years. It probes the notion – widely articulated by Jewish communal leaders at this time – that the immigrant second generation (i.e. British and foreign-born children of Russian and Eastern European Jews who migrated to Britain in the late Victorian era up to the First World War) had ‘estranged’ themselves from their Jewishness, Jewish elders and peers and were fast assimilating into the British mainstream.The volume analyses the second generation’s developing outlooks and behavioural trends in a variety of environments, effectively charting the changes and continuities present therein. As a whole, the book sheds light on the varied ways in which this group developed new identities that both drew from and reflected their Jewish and British heritage.
  • Introduction: Sport, Recreation and British Labour
    Introduction: Sport, Recreation and British Labour Dee, David Gareth; Taylor, Matthew
  • A Means of “Escape”? British Jewry, Communism and Sport, 1920-1950
    A Means of “Escape”? British Jewry, Communism and Sport, 1920-1950 Dee, David Gareth Between 1920 and 1950, a large number of British Jews took up sports and recreation within the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB). As members of the Young Communist League (YCL) and the British Workers' Sports Federation (BWSF), Jews engaged in sporting and recreational activities designed to promote communist policy and fraternity and act as a contrast to the commercialism of ‘bourgeois’ sports. Drawing on a broad array of archival and oral history materials, this article documents the growth and nature of Jewish participation in British ‘communist’ sport and leisure. It focuses on two aspects of this involvement. First, it illustrates that sports and socializing often proved to be a key factor in drawing Jews to communism and became a central aspect of a large number of young Jews’ ‘communist’ lifestyles. Many young Jews participated in the movement mainly because it offered the chance to ramble, camp, cycle, dance, or play table tennis. Second, the article demonstrates that involvement in communist sport and recreation exerted an important impact on Jewish ethnicity. Communist sport catalysed many young Jews’ estrangement from their elders by giving them an ‘escape’ route from their immigrant identities and helping them form new lifestyles, relationships, and characters.
  • Sport and British Jewry: integration, ethnicity and anti-semitism, 1890-1970 (Paperback version)
    Sport and British Jewry: integration, ethnicity and anti-semitism, 1890-1970 (Paperback version) Dee, David Gareth Sport and British Jewry, available at last in paperback, provides the first wide-ranging examination of the importance of sport in the history of the British-Jewish community. Covering the period from 1890 through to 1970, it examines the peak era of Jewish involvement and interest in sport and physical recreation in Britain in recent times. The book tackles three main themes. First, the author examines the relationship between sport and the integration of the Jewish migrant community of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Secondly, the study looks at how sport impacted on Jewish ethnicity. Thirdly, it addresses how sport became linked to expressions of anti-Semitism and Jewish responses to racial discrimination. Sport and British Jewry not only demonstrates the significant impact that Jews had on British sport during this time frame, but also shows the considerable effect that sport had on the lives, experiences and identities of Jews within British society. Paperback version, Hardback version published in 2013
  • ”Wandering Jews?” British Jewry, Outdoor Recreation and the Far-Left, 1900-1939
    ”Wandering Jews?” British Jewry, Outdoor Recreation and the Far-Left, 1900-1939 Dee, David Gareth
  • Personality and Colour into Everything He Does” – Henry Rose (1899-1958); Journalist, celebrity and forgotten man of Munich
    Personality and Colour into Everything He Does” – Henry Rose (1899-1958); Journalist, celebrity and forgotten man of Munich Dee, David Gareth This article analyses the life, career and death of British-Jewish sports journalist Henry Rose (1899-1958), killed in the Munich air disaster of 1958 alongside Manchester United football club officials, players and several other passengers. Rose may well be the “forgotten” man of the disaster, yet his story illuminates a great deal about contemporary British sport, society and culture. He was a celebrity of his time, due, primarily, to him being at the vanguard of a revolution in British sports reporting that saw a more sensationalist and opinionated style successfully imported from America into the British press. His achievements were all the more remarkable considering significant levels of anti-Semitism which existed in British society at that time. Rose’s death in 1958 and subsequent disappearance from popular memory, which contrasts starkly with the manner in which Munich has been more actively memorialized in other quarters, is also examined
  • 'The sunshine of manly sports and pastimes’ : physical recreation, sport and the ‘Anglicisation’ of Jewish refugees in Britain, 1881-1914.
    'The sunshine of manly sports and pastimes’ : physical recreation, sport and the ‘Anglicisation’ of Jewish refugees in Britain, 1881-1914. Dee, David Gareth
  • Sport and British Jewry: Integration, Ethnicity and Anti-Semitism, 1890-1970.
    Sport and British Jewry: Integration, Ethnicity and Anti-Semitism, 1890-1970. Dee, David Gareth
  • 'There is no discrimination here, but the Committee never elects Jews': Antisemitism in British golf, 1894-1970
    'There is no discrimination here, but the Committee never elects Jews': Antisemitism in British golf, 1894-1970 Dee, David Gareth
  • "Ironing Out the Ghetto Bend" - Football, Integration and Jewish "Anglicisation"
    "Ironing Out the Ghetto Bend" - Football, Integration and Jewish "Anglicisation" Dee, David Gareth

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Key research outputs

Books:

Sport and British Jewry: Integration, Ethnicity and Anti-Semitism, 1890-1970, Manchester: Manchester University Press, Hardback - 2013, Paperback - 2014.

The 'Estranged' Generation? Social and Generational Change in Interwar British Jewry, London: Palgrave Macmillan, Hardback/Ebook - 2017, Paperback - 2019

Journal Articles:

'A Means of "Escape"? British Jewry, Communism and Sport, 1920-1950, Labour History Review, 80, 2, 2015, 169-194.

'"Personality and Colour into Everything He Does": Henry Rose (1899-1958) - Journalist, Celebrity and the Forgotten Man of the Munich Disaster', Journal of Sport History, 41, 3, 2014, 425-446.

‘"Wandering Jews"? British Jewry, Outdoor Recreation and the Far-Left, 1900-1939', Labor History, 55, 5, 2014, 563-579.

'Sport, Recreation and British Labour' w/ Matt Taylor, Labor History, 55, 5, 2014, 539-546

‘”There is no Discrimination Here, But the Committee Never Elects Jews”’ - Anti-Semitism in British Golf, 1894-1970’, Patterns of Prejudice, 47, 2, 2013, 117-138 (article selected in 'Editors' Pick 2011-2013 collection)

‘Sport or “Shul”? Physical Recreation, Anglo-Jewry and the Jewish Sabbath, c1880-1945’, Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England, 44, 2012, 7-26

‘”The Hefty Hebrew” Boxing and British-Jewish Identity, 1890-1950’, Sport in History, 32, 3, 2012, 361-381 (article nominated for 'Best Sport in History article of 2012')

‘”Too Semitic” or “thoroughly Anglicised”? The Life and Career of Harold Abrahams, International Journal of the History of Sport, 29, 6, April 2012, 868-886 (article nominated for 'Best IJHS Article of 2012')

'"Nothing Specifically Jewish in Athletics?" Sport, Physical Recreation and the Jewish Youth Movement in London, 1895-1914', London Journal, 34, 2, 2009, 82-101.

Journal Special Issues

w/Matt Taylor (Eds), 'Sport, Recreation and British Labour', 55, 5, 2014, 539-653.

Essays in Edited Volumes:

'"Ironing Out the Ghetto Bend" - Football, Integration and Jewish "Anglicisation" in Four Four Jew: Football, Fans and Faith, London: Shire Books, 2013

‘‘The Sunshine of Manly Sports and Pastimes’ - Physical Recreation, Sport and the ‘Anglicisation’ of Jewish Refugees in Britain, 1881-1914’ in Stefan Manz and Panikos Panayi (Eds), Refugees and Cultural Transfers to Britain, Abingdon: Routledge, 2013

Research interests/expertise

History of sport and recreation in Britain, Europe and the USA; history of race, ethnicity and immigration in Britain.

Areas of teaching

  • Historical methods, public history, heritage and memory; 
  • History of ethnicity/immigration in Britain, Europe and USA;
  • History and Employability
  • British sport history.

Qualifications

  • Fellow  - Higher Education Academy
  • BA (Hons) History, De Montfort University, Leicester
  • MA Sport History and Culture, De Montfort University, Leicester (Funded by AHRC 'Research Preparation Master's Scheme)
  • PhD History, De Montfort University, Leicester (Funded by AHRC 'Doctoral Scheme')

Courses taught

  • HIST1002 Presenting and Re-Presenting the Past
  • HIST2024 The Historian's Craft: Sources and Methodologies in History
  • HIST2099 History and the Workplace
  • HIST3000 The Dissertation
  • HIST3032 Jews in Twentieth Century Britain

Honours and awards

DMU 'Future Research Leader' - 2014

Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, De Montfort University - nominated 2011, 2012, 2014, 2019

Richard Cox Postgraduate Prize, British Society of Sport History, September 2010, best postgraduate conference paper delivered at the BSSH annual conference.

Membership of professional associations and societies

British Association of Jewish Studies, 2014 -

British Society for Sport History, 2007 -

European Association for Jewish Studies, 2014 -

North American Society for Sport History, 2014 -

Social History Society, 2013 -

Projects

Immigrants and Minorities and British Boxing: A History

The project will document the involvement of immigrants and minorities in boxing within a British context, from the late eighteenth century (when Daniel Mendoza – aka ‘Mendoza the Jew’ – was the Heavyweight Champion of England) to the turn of the twenty-first century (when the British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan first came to prominence). As well as investigating the participation of boxers, trainers, promoters and spectators of Jewish, Irish, African-Caribbean, Italian and South Asian heritage, it will analyse the impact of race and ethnicity on British boxing and examine the social, cultural, political and economic impact that boxing had on minority communities and ethnic identity.

Fully funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung 'Research Scholarship' scheme, Dr Dee will be working on this project between Autumn 2019 and Autumn 2021.

Ethnic Reactions or 'Reactive' Ethnicity? British Jews and Anti-Fascism in the 1930s:

The 1930s saw a surge of British anti-Fascism opposing the far-right both inside, i.e. combating the British Union of Fascists, and outside of Britain, such as fighting Franco’s Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War. Despite only constituting 1-1.5% of the population, Jews were disproportionately prominent and represented within this movement. As well as leading organisations at the forefront of efforts combating the rise of the far-right (linked, for example, to the Communist Party or the trade union movement), British Jews also made up a significant section of the activist rank-and-file; comprising, for instance, as much as 22% of the British volunteer force in the Spanish Civil War.

Utilising interview transcripts/recordings, memoirs and other archival materials, this project – funded by the Marc Fitch Fund - will answer two research questions. Firstly, what was the nature and extent of British-Jewish anti-Fascism during the 1930s? Secondly, what effect did this activism have on their identities? In particular, the project will explore whether anti-Fascism resulted from ethnic reactions (i.e. a strong sense of Jewishness forced opposition to anti-Jewish movements) or led to ‘reactive’ ethnicity (i.e. Fascism stirred a Jewishness that was declining or had disappeared). A journal article resulting from the project is currently under review with a major international History journal.

Conference attendance

'British Jews and anti-Fascism in the 1930s', Hinckley Holy Trinity Church, 1 May 2019

“A Game Was More Than A Game” – Sport, Integration and Interwar British Jewry', Institute of Historical Research, 10 December 2018

'The "Estranged" Generation? Social and Generational Change in Interwar British Jewry', De Montfort University, Cultural Exchanges Festival, 28 February 2018

'The "Estranged" Generation? Social and Generational Change in Interwar British Jewry', Jewish Historical Society of England, Leeds, 5 February 2018 

'"I Wanted to be a Rebel, not a Rabbi" - Religion, Social Change and Interwar British Jewry', Social History Society annual conference 2017, IHR, London, 5 April 2017 

'Ethnic Reactions or "Reactive Ethnicity"? British Jews and anti-Fascism in the 1930s', Radical Histories/Histories of Radicalism, Raphael Samuel History Centre, Queen Mary University, London, 1-3 July 2016

'Sport, Integration and Interwar British Jewry', North American Society for Sport History, Annual Conference, University of Miami, Florida, 22-25 May 2015

'An "Estranged" Generation? Politics, Social Change and Interwar British Jewry', British Association of Jewish Studies, Annual Conference, Trinity College, Dublin, July 13-15, 2014

'"Personality and Colour into Everything He Does" - Henry Rose: Journalist, Celebrity and the Forgotten Man of the Munich Air Disaster', Manchester Jewish Museum, Manchester, 18 May 2014.

'"Personality and Colour into Everything He Does" - Henry Rose: Journalist, Celebrity and the Forgotten Man of the Munich Air Disaster', Jewish Museum, London, 2 February 2014 (talk part of Museum's 'Four Four Jew: Football, Fans and Faith' exhibition)

'Jews and British Sport, 1890-1970', Jewish Historical Society of England, Birmingham branch, 24 November 2013

‘A Means of “Escape”? British Jews, Communism and Sport, 1920-1950’, paper at Social History Society Annual Conference, 25 March 2013

'Does Your Rabbi Know You're Here? The Hidden History of British Jews and Sport?’ session for Jewish Book Week, London, 24 February 2013 - http://www.jewishbookweek.com/past-events/310

‘Sport and British Jewry: Integration, Ethnicity and Anti-Semitism 1890-1970’, paper for the Jewish Historical Society of England, Leeds, 3 December 2012

‘Muscular Jews? Sport and British/Manchester Jewry, 1890-1970’, 28 June 2012, Manchester Jewish Museum, Manchester, opening public lecture in series alongside ‘Jews and the Sporting Life’ exhibition

‘British Exceptionalism? British-Jewish Sporting Organisations: 1890-1939’, 8 November 2011, Memorial de la Shoah, Paris, France, part of public lecture series on ‘Jewish Sports Associations in Europe before 1939

’‘Jews and British Sport: Integration, Ethnicity and Anti-Semitism since 1800’, 8 September 2011, keynote paper for Historical Perspectives on Jews and British Sport symposium, De Montfort University, Leicester

‘The British Union of Fascists and the “Sporting Jew”, 1935-1939’, 9 May 2011, Institute of Historical Research, Sport and Leisure History seminar series, academic paper

‘Shul’ or the Sixteenth Green? – Anglo-Jewry, Sport and the Jewish Sabbath, 1890-1945’, 11 Sept 2010, British Society of Sports History Annual Conference, Wellcome Collection, London, academic paper

“I’m afraid we have a Jewish quota’: Anti-Semitism and Golf in Britain, 1894-2000’, 13 April 2010, European Social Science History Conference, Ghent, Belgium, academic paper

‘Sport and the Manchester Jewish Community, 1900-1939’, 3 July 2009, Anglo-American Conference of Historians, Institute for Historical Research, London, academic paper

Consultancy work

Academic consultant for Manchester Jewish Museum, ‘Jews and the Sporting Life’ exhibition, June 2012-December 2012

Academic consultant for Jewish Museum, London, ‘Four Four Jew: Football, Fans and Faith’ exhibition, October 2013-February 2014

I am available for consultancy work on the sporting history of the British Jewish community.

Current research students

First Supervisor:

  • Ben Duncan-Jones (PhD) - 'A Study of Prize-Fighting in England, 1800 to 1870: Mapping the Changing Attitudes, Perceptions and Reception'

Second Supervisor:

  • Barbara Horley (PhD) - 'Speedway Racing in the Midlands 1932 - 1965'
  • Hazel Perry (PhD) - 'Peterborough Trades Union Council 1949 - 1979'
  • Melanie Reid (PhD) - 'A History of Caving in Inter-War Britain'

David would welcome applications for PhD studies in modern British-Jewish History, the history of British sport/leisure and immigrant/minority involvement in British sport.

Externally funded research grants information

'Immigrants and Minorities and British Boxing: A History', Gerda Henkel Stiftung 'Research Scholarship' scheme (€84,000) - 2019-2021

'Ethnic Reactions or "Reactive Ethnicity" British Jews and Anti-Fascism in the 1930s', Marc Fitch Fund 'Research Grant' scheme (£500) - 2017

‘Jews and British Sport: Integration, Ethnicity and anti-Semitism, c1880-c1960’, Arts and Humanities Research Council, PhD research project funded by Doctoral Scheme - 2007-2010. 

Internally funded research project information

Early Career Research Fellowship funding for 'The "Estranged Generation": Social Change and British Jewry, 1918-1939', October 2013-September 2015 (£6000)

Consultancy support for Jewish Museum, London ‘Four Four Jew’ exhibition, De Montfort University HEIF support, February-June 2013 (£1200)

‘Jews and Communist Sport, 1919-1939’, School of English and History Research Committee, funding for archival research, June-July 2012 (£200)

Professional esteem indicators

Refereeing activities:

  • International Journal of the History of Sport, July 2012-
  • Jewish Culture and History, Feb 2015 -
  • National Science Centre, Poland, Sept 2016 -
  • Routledge, July 2017 -
  • Bloomsbury Academic, August 2017 -
  • Shofar, August 2018 -
 
Reviewing activities:
  • Sport in History, September 2010-
  • Jewish Culture and History, August 2011-
  • Patterns of Prejudice, September 2011-
  • Contemporary British History, January 2014-

Newspaper Articles 

‘Exercises in Changing Identities’, Jewish Chronicle 8 February 2013 - http://www.thejc.com/comment-and-debate/comment/102249/exercises-changing-identities

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