Anti-Semitism: Myth and Hate from Antiquity to the Present

Anti-Semitism: Myth and Hate from Antiquity to the Present

by F. Schweitzer, M. Perry
     
 
In this provocative book, Marvin Perry and Frederick M. Schweitzer analyze the lies, misperceptions, and myths about Jews and Judaism that anti-semites have propagated throughout the centuries. Beginning with antiquity, and continuing into the present day, the authors explore the irrational fabrications that have led to numerous acts of violence and hatred against

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In this provocative book, Marvin Perry and Frederick M. Schweitzer analyze the lies, misperceptions, and myths about Jews and Judaism that anti-semites have propagated throughout the centuries. Beginning with antiquity, and continuing into the present day, the authors explore the irrational fabrications that have led to numerous acts of violence and hatred against Jews. The book examines ancient and medieval myths central to the history of anti-semitism: Jews as 'Christ-killers', instruments of Satan, and ritual murderers of Christian children. It also explores the scapegoating of Jews in the modern world as conspirators bent on world domination; extortionists who manufactured the Holocaust as a hoax designed to gain reparation payments from Germany; and the leaders of the slave trade that put Africa in chains. No other book has focused its attention exclusively on a thematic discussion of historic and contemporary anti-semitic myths, covering such an expansive scope of time, and allowing for such a painstaking level of exemplification. Anti-semitism is an essential book that will serve as a corrective to bigotry, stereotype, and historical distortion.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
…unsettling, all-too-timely survey…shows us the dangers…— Merle Rubin
From the Publisher

Reviews of the hardback edition:

'The authors write cleanly, and their prose is highly readable. They have brought to their task valuable classroom experience over many decades. For such reasons, and because the book presents a succinct, easily understood overview, it will appeal to many readers.' - Ethnic and Racial Studies

'Solidly researches and lucidly written [this] book makes for compelling, if painful, reading.' - Los Angeles Times

'[A] tour de force [that] follows upon the late Edward H. Flannery's groundbreaking classic, The Anguish of the Jews.' - Journal of Ecumenical Studies

'Commendably, the authors, using reader-friendly language composed in captivating imagery, bring home the point that realization of anti-semitism and its vision of apocalypse is ever present and therefore necessitates constant vigil. A wonderful read on a poignant topic. Highly recommended.' - Zev Garber, author of Shoah

'Perry and Schweitzer navigate the history of anti-semitism with a firm hand, utilizing the latest scholarship and confronting controversial issues without fear.' - Library Journal

'A richly textured, thorough, well-written and indispensable addition to the literature, one that anyone interested in the topic and related racist phenomena should not miss.' - John Weiss, author of Ideology of Death: Why the Holocaust Happened in Germany

'...this is a decent and sober beginning to this regrettable history of hate...Recommended.' - S.D. Benin, Choice

'...an invaluable guide through the torturous maze of myth and lies propagated by antisemites throughout the ages.' - Anna Dogole, The Jewish Eye

'...deserves a place on your bookshelf...' - Gerard Meister, Pencil Stubs Online (www.pencilstubs.com)

'...a remarkably timely and useful account of the history of antisemitism...In spite of the thousands of books...on anti-semitism, it is often difficult to find a book suitable for students that describes lucidly and competently anti-semitic delusions and myths as both a logical absurdity and also a force that has shaped much of the history of the last two thousand years. This book qualifies in these respects unlike any book I have ever seen. I am confident that others will find it similarly useful.' - Derek H. Davis, Journal of Church and State

Los Angeles Times - Merle Rubin
"…unsettling, all-too-timely survey…shows us the dangers…"
Library Journal
Perry (Baruch Coll., CUNY) and Schweitzer (Manhattan Coll.) navigate the history of anti-Semitism with a firm hand, utilizing the latest scholarship and confronting controversial issues without fear. Although the book provides a number of linkages between the Holocaust and earlier anti-Semitic beliefs, the primary purpose is to analyze the origins of anti-Semitic myths and their later manifestations. While the authors assert that these beliefs created the fertile ground for mass murder, they do not claim that it inevitably led to genocide. In addition to detailing anti-Semitic beliefs and the consequent victimization of Jews, the authors provide a primer on how to counter such beliefs using historical facts and methodology. Of particular use for students are the chapters on Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism in the Muslim world, and the writings and speeches of the Nation of Islam, which provide important context for understanding how old myths are continually reinvented for the modern world. Recommended for all libraries.-Frederic Krome, Jacob Rader Marcus Ctr. of the American Jewish Archives Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312165611
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
05/29/2003
Edition description:
2002
Pages:
309
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.03(d)

What People are saying about this

Henry L. Feingold
...a lucidly written work that reminds us that Man's myth making propensity lives side by side with his rationality. (Henry L. Feingold, member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Jewish History and author of Lest Memory Cease: Finding Meaning in the American Jewish Past.)

Meet the Author

Marvin Perry is Professor of History at Baruch College, CUNY. He is the author of An Intellectual History of Modern Europe.

Frederick M. Schweitzer is Professor of History at Manhattan College. He is the co-editor, with Marvin Perry, of Jewish-Christian Encounters Over the Centuries and author of A History of the Jews Since the First Century A.D.

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