The Changing Face of Anti-Semitism: From Ancient Times to the Present Day by Walter LaqueurThe Changing Face of Anti-Semitism: From Ancient Times to the Present Day by Walter Laqueur

The Changing Face of Anti-Semitism: From Ancient Times to the Present Day

byWalter Laqueur

Paperback | July 15, 2008

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For thirty years the director of the Wiener Library in London, the leading institute for the study of anti-Semitism, Walter Laqueur here offers both a comprehensive history of anti-Semitism as well as an illuminating look at the newest wave of this phenomenon. Laqueur begins with an invaluable historical account of this pernicious problem, tracing the evolution from a predominantly religious anti-Semitism--stretching back to the middle ages--to a racial anti-Semitism that developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The author then uses thishistorical account as backdrop to a brilliant analysis of the newest species of anti-Semitism, explaining its origins and rationale, how it manifests itself, in what ways and why it is different from anti-Semitism in past ages, and what forms it may take in the future. The book reveals that what washistorically a preoccupation of Christian and right-wing movements has become in our time even more frequent among Muslims and left-wing groups. Moreover, Laqueur argues that we can't simply equate this new anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism and write it off as merely anti-Israel sentiments. If Israelalone is singled out for heated condemnation, is the root of this reaction simply anti-Zionism or is it anti-Semitism? Here is both a summing up of the entire trajectory of anti-Semitism--the first comprehensive history of its kind--and an exploration of the new wave of anti-Semitism. "Walter Laqueur provides us with powerful new insights into an age-old problem. Distinguished scholarship and an authoritative moral voice are the hallmarks of this important book. Anyone wanting to understand the history and persistence of anti-Jewish hatred should read it." --Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, Anti-Defamation League
Walter Laqueur was Co-Chairman of the International Research Council at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, in Washington DC. He is the author of many books and has published numerous articles in such newspapers and periodicals as the New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Encounter, and New Republic. His m...
Title:The Changing Face of Anti-Semitism: From Ancient Times to the Present DayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1 inPublished:July 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"A brilliant, lucid and compelling survey of a social, psychological, cultural, political and intellectual malady that has preoccupied and distorted European and Arab societies, Christian and Muslim civilizations, and both the political right and the political left. In this short volume,Laqueur provides an elegant, fast-paced and immensely readable account of a complex, confounding and still-mutating condition that continues to afflict our world. This book is a vital contribution to our understanding of an important and disturbing dimension of our past--and, as Laqueur soincisively shows, of our present and our future. There is no other book like it."--Walter Reich, Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs, George Washington University