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By Albert S. Lindemann,Richard S. Levy

Antisemitism: A background deals a readable review of a frightening subject, describing and interpreting the hatred that Jews have confronted from precedent days to the current. The essays contained during this quantity offer an excellent creation 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 frequently cloud the subject.

Chapters were written via top students within the box and keep in mind crucial new advancements of their parts of craftsmanship. jointly, the chapters conceal the total historical past of antisemitism, from the traditional Mediterranean and the pre-Christian period, in the course of the Medieval and Early smooth classes, to the Enlightenment and past. The later chapters specialise in the background of antisemitism by way of area, taking a look at France, the English-speaking international, Russia and the Soviet Union,
Eastern Europe, and Nazi Germany, with contributions too at the phenomenon within the Arab global, either ahead of and after the basis of Israel.

Contributors 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 considering accumulated a number vague connotations and confusingly varied definitions, usually utilized retrospectively to traditionally far-off classes and tremendously diverse phenomena. in fact, as this ebook exhibits, hostility to Jews dates to biblical sessions, however the nature of that hostility and the various reasons to which it's been placed have different over time
and usually been combined with admiration - a state of affairs which maintains within the twenty-first century.

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