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Antisemitism : The Longest Hatred

Antisemitism : The Longest Hatred - 91 edition

ISBN13: 978-0805210149

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Publisher: Schocken Books, Inc.
Published: 1991
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Antisemitism : The Longest Hatred - 91 edition

ISBN13: 978-0805210149

Robert S. Wistrich

ISBN13: 978-0805210149
ISBN10: 0805210148
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 91
Publisher: Schocken Books, Inc.

Published: 1991
International: No
Summary

Throughout history, Jews have been turned into demons in the public mind by a miasma of paranoia, millennial fantasy, and sheer political cynicism. Barely fifty years after the Holocaust, antisemitism is back in the news. Just what exactly is this terrible disease of the mind? Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred takes a sweeping look at the phenomenon of antisemitism from its beginnings to the present, tracing this virulent virus from its pagan roots to the Christian charge of deicide and beyond to the massacres of the Crusades and the Inquisition, which heralded later blood libels and fantasies of Jewish conspiracies for world domination. Is there really anything new in the endless accusations that have echoed across the centuries from Haman to Hitler? Is there any meaning to be extracted from the myths, the stereotypes, and the obsessions that have characterized the antisemitic discourse for more than two millennia? Robert S. Wistrich sets out to find the answers in a lucid and timely survey informed by a profound knowledge of history. "Can it happen here?" This question is now being asked with trepidation wherever the poison of antisemitism has made a comeback after having survived intact the near extinction of European Jewry. Charting the course of antisemitism through history, Wistrich focuses on the dramatic reemergence of antisemitism in the wake of the collapse of Communism and the new national hysteria which has set the ground burning under the feet of a still substantial Jewish minority. He provides a country-by-country survey, showing the modern guise of antisemitism as it appears today throughout the world--in Germany, Austria, the United States, Britain, France, Eastern Europe, and the countries of the former Soviet Union, as well as in the Middle East amid a radicalized Islam.

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 From the Cross to the Swastika

1. Pagan Roots of Antisemitism
2. Church and Synagogue
3. The Medieval Legacy
4. Modern Secular Anti-Judaism
5. Antisemitism in Central Europe
6. Hitler's 'Final Solution'
7. After Auschwitz: the German Response
8. The Waldheim Syndrome

Pt. 2 Enemies of the People

9. Britain: the Limits of Tolerance
10. America: Whites, Blacks and Jews
11. France: from Dreyfus to Le Pen
12. East European Nationalisms
13. Poland: Antisemitism without Jews
14. The Soviet Disunion

Pt. 3 Between Moses and Mohammed

15. Jews in Islamic Lands
16. Conspiracies and Holy Wars
17. The Question of Palestine
18. Arabism, Semitism and Antisemitism

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