A Rumor About the Jews: Antisemitism, Conspiracy, and the Protocols of Zion

Paperback | September 30, 2003

byStephen Eric Bronner

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In its portrayal of Judaism as a worldwide conspiracy dedicated to the destruction of Christian civilization, the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion remains one of the most infamous documents ever written. Despite being proven a crude forgery, the pamphlet managed to pervadetwentieth-century thinking, often being twisted to suit its handlers' purposes, and to justify the most extreme persecution of the Jews. As recently as 2002, a documentary was aired in Egypt falsely presenting the Protocols as fact--and the Protocols is still regarded as a historical document inmany other parts of the world. In A Rumor About the Jews, Stephen Eric Bronner systematically debunks the antisemitic assertions made in the Protocols. He also explores its history, its influence on right-wing movements throughout the twentieth century, and the ongoing appeal of bigotry. A work of intellectual history, A RumorAbout the Jews takes the reader on a historical journey that provides a new and deeper understanding of an insidious ideology and its broader implications. Bronner's sharp and penetrating analysis offers new insights into the nature of antisemitism, along with a warning against underestimating the power of this hateful tract.

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In its portrayal of Judaism as a worldwide conspiracy dedicated to the destruction of Christian civilization, the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion remains one of the most infamous documents ever written. Despite being proven a crude forgery, the pamphlet managed to pervadetwentieth-century thinking, often being twisted to suit i...

Stephen Eric Bronner is Professor of Political Science and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He is the author of numerous books on contemporary political thought and culture, including Ideas in Action: Political Tradition in the Twentieth Century (Rowman and Littlefield, 1999) and Imagining the...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 30, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Acknowledgments1. Introduction2. "Antisemitism for Popular Consumption: Selections from the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion"3. "The Text in Context: The Protocols and the Varieties of Antisemitism"4. "The Tale of a Forgery: Inventing the Protocols"5. "Spreading the News: The Protocols Triumphant"6. "The Legacy of a Lie: Contemporary Antisemitism and Its Future"NotesIndex

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"This is a significant work that should be read by all those who are concerned with religious and political extremism. It warns us at a time in which religious dogma is influencing our own politics that some of the abuses of the past can happen again."--Jewish Currents