The Anti-Semitic Moment: A Tour Of France In 1898

The Anti-Semitic Moment: A Tour Of France In 1898

by Pierre Birnbaum
     
 

In 1898, the Dreyfus Affair plunged French society into a yearlong frenzy. In Paris and provincial villages throughout the country, angry crowds paraded through the streets, threatening to attack Jews and destroy Jewish-owned businesses. Anger about the imagined power of Jewish capital, as well as fears of treason and racial degeneration, made anti-Semitism a

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In 1898, the Dreyfus Affair plunged French society into a yearlong frenzy. In Paris and provincial villages throughout the country, angry crowds paraded through the streets, threatening to attack Jews and destroy Jewish-owned businesses. Anger about the imagined power of Jewish capital, as well as fears of treason and racial degeneration, made anti-Semitism a convenient banner behind which social and political factions could fall in line. Anti-Semitic feelings that had been simmering in France for decades came boiling to the surface.

Here Pierre Birnbaum guides readers on a tour of France during this crisis. He shows that in the midst of violence, Jewish citizens bravely and effectively defended themselves and were aided by a police force determined to maintain order. Birnbaum paints a vivid portrait of French Jewish culture at the time and explains why the French state remained strong in this time of widespread unrest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226052069
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/15/2011
Edition description:
Translatio
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
921,505
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Map of France ix

Introduction 3

1 Is Paris Burning? 7

2 Journey to the Center of France 74

3 In Barrésian Lorraine 123

4 Storm on the Coast: Algerian Marseilles 150

5 Radical Toulouse, Nationalist Bordeaux 185

6 Take Arms, Citizens of Vendée! 221

7 The Battle of Brest 255

8 In the Region of Normandy 272

9 Good Superintendent Leproust Peacekeeping and Prejudice Among the Police 290

10 The "Arrogance" of Rabbi Taubmann: Passivity and Resistance Among the Jews 309

Conclusion 332

Chronology of Events in the Dreyfus Affair 337

Notes 341

Index 379

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