By Albert S. Lindemann, Richard S. Levy
Antisemitism: A heritage bargains a readable evaluation of a frightening subject, describing and examining the hatred that Jews have confronted from precedent days to the current. The essays contained during this quantity offer an incredible advent to the heritage and nature of antisemitism, stressing clarity, stability, and thematic coherence, whereas attempting to achieve far from the polemics and apologetics that so usually cloud the topic. Chapters were written by means of best students within the box and bear in mind crucial new advancements of their components of workmanship. jointly, the chapters disguise the entire heritage of antisemitism, from the traditional Mediterranean and the pre-Christian period, throughout the Medieval and Early sleek classes, to the Enlightenment and past. The later chapters specialise in the historical past of antisemitism via area, taking a look at France, the English-speaking international, Russia and the Soviet Union, japanese Europe, and Nazi Germany, with contributions too at the phenomenon within the Arab international, either ahead of and after the root of Israel. members grapple with the use and abuse of the time period 'antisemitism', which used to be first coined within the mid-nineteenth century yet which has due to the fact accrued more than a few vague connotations and confusingly assorted definitions, frequently utilized retrospectively to traditionally far away classes and greatly varied phenomena. after all, as this e-book indicates, hostility to Jews dates to biblical sessions, however the nature of that hostility and the various reasons to which it's been placed have assorted through the years and infrequently been combined with admiration - a state of affairs which keeps within the twenty-first century.
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Extra resources for Antisemitism: A History
The charge of atheism in the ancient world differed from the modern sense of the word. ) The surviving references to the alternate Exodus narrative range from the third century bce (Manetho) to the ﬁrst century ce (Apion, Chaeremon, and Lysimachus). The only Latin author to repeat these assertions was the historian Tacitus (ﬁrst–second centuries ce), whereas the geographer and historian Strabo (in the reigns of Augustus and Tiberius) offered a related, but entirely positive version. Clearly, the origins of the Jews was a subject that concerned the Egyptians far more than the Greeks and Romans.
They were denounced by Jewish religious leaders as heretics, dangerous in their respect for reason over revelation and rabbinical tradition, to say nothing of their desire to blend into the nations of Europe. Thus, the Jewish Question, while best deﬁned as an issue of what the powerful Gentiles considered necessary to reform the powerless Jews, had also a strictly Jewish dimension, one of Jews versus Jews, tradition versus modernism. Voltaire and later antisemites, such as Wilhelm Marr, claimed to feel sympathy for the Jews, but that sympathy was based on Jews as victims of Christian bigotry and not because they were considered admirable in their present state.
These were large steps for Jews, so much so that some thereafter referred to a new covenant, replacing the one at Sinai. By mid-century, it seemed to many observers in France that the Jewish Question was well on its way to be being resolved, and that France could stand as a model for others. 5 million at the beginning of the century, 5 million by its end), and their far greater poverty. Another difference was the great diversity of populations and the sprawling territories of the tsarist empire, making integral nationalism and monoculturalism of the French model impractical.
Antisemitism: A History by Albert S. Lindemann, Richard S. Levy