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A Life of H.L.A. HartThe Nightmare and the Noble Dream$
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Nicola Lacey

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199202775

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202775.001.0001

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A Life of H.L.A. Hart

Nicola Lacey

Oxford University Press

This chapter details the childhood and family life of H. L. A. Hart. Both of Herbert Hart's parents came from families which had moved to England from central Europe during the course of the late 18th and 19th centuries. The Harts' decision to move away from the much denser Jewish community of East London, and to locate themselves in this very Anglo-Saxon environment, provides some important clues to their own ambitions and to their attitude to their Jewish identity, and to the attitudes with which their four children — Albert, born in 1901, Reggie, in 1902, Herbert, in 1907, and Sybil, in 1915 — were brought up. Even as a child, Herbert's sensitivity gave him a clear view of the vulnerability which underlay the surface orderliness of the adult world, while his outsider's eye and sense of fun lent irony to his perception of Edwardian society.

Keywords:   Jewish community, Jewish identity, childhood, family

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