Antisemitism: A History

Paperback | November 15, 2010

EditorAlbert S. Lindemann, Richard S. Levy

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Antisemitism: A History offers a readable overview of a daunting topic, describing and analyzing the hatred that Jews have faced from ancient times to the present. The essays contained in this volume provide an ideal introduction to the history and nature of antisemitism, stressingreadability, balance, and thematic coherence, while trying to gain some distance from the polemics and apologetics that so often cloud the subject. Chapters have been written by leading scholars in the field and take into account the most important new developments in their areas of expertise. Collectively, the chapters cover the whole history of antisemitism, from the ancient Mediterranean and the pre-Christian era, through the Medieval andEarly Modern periods, to the Enlightenment and beyond. The later chapters focus on the history of antisemitism by region, looking at France, the English-speaking world, Russia and the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and Nazi Germany, with contributions too on the phenomenon in the Arab world, bothbefore and after the foundation of Israel. Contributors grapple with the use and abuse of the term 'antisemitism', which was first coined in the mid-nineteenth century but which has since gathered a range of obscure connotations and confusingly different definitions, often applied retrospectively to historically distant periods and vastlydissimilar phenomena. Of course, as this book shows, hostility to Jews dates to biblical periods, but the nature of that hostility and the many purposes to which it has been put have varied over time and often been mixed with admiration - a situation which continues in the twenty-firstcentury.

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Antisemitism: A History offers a readable overview of a daunting topic, describing and analyzing the hatred that Jews have faced from ancient times to the present. The essays contained in this volume provide an ideal introduction to the history and nature of antisemitism, stressingreadability, balance, and thematic coherence, while try...

Albert S. Lindemann is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the author of a number of books on nineteenth and twentieth century European history and antisemitism, including Esau's Tears: Modern Anti-Semitism and the Rise of the Jews (1997) and, most recently, Anti-Semitism before the Holoca...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pagesPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAlbert S. Lindemann and Richard S. Levy: Introduction1. Albert S. Lindemann: The Jewish Question2. Benjamin Isaac: The Ancient Mediterranean and the Pre-Christian Era3. Philip A. Cunningham: Jews and Christians from the Time of Christ to Constantine's Reign4. Alex Novikoff: The Middle Ages5. Ralph Keen: Antisemitism in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Periods6. Jonathan Karp: Antisemitism in the Age of Mercantilism7. Adam Sutcliffe: The Enlightenment, French Revolution, Napoleon8. Richard S. Levy: Political Antisemitism in Germany and Austria, 1848-19149. Richard J. Golsan: Antisemitism in Modern France: Dreyfus, Vichy, and Beyond10. William D. Rubinstein: Antisemitism in the English-Speaking World11. Heinz-Dietrich Lowe: Antisemitism in Russia and the Soviet Union12. Doris L. Bergen: Antisemitism in the Nazi Era13. Norman A. Stillman: Anti-Judaism and Antisemitism in the Arab and Islamic World Prior to 194814. Istvan Deak: Antisemitism in Eastern Europe (excluding Russia and the Soviet Empire) since 184815. Meir Litvak and Esther Webman: Israel and AntisemitismAlbert S. Lindemann and Richard S. Levy: Conclusion: Not the Final Word