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Medieval Stereotypes and Modern Antisemitism

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Overview

The twelfth century in Europe, hailed by historians as a time of intellectual and spiritual vitality, had a dark side. As Robert Chazan points out, the marginalization of minorities emerged during the "twelfth-century renaissance" as part of a growing pattern of persecution, and among those stigmatized the Jews figured prominently.

The migration of Jews to northern Europe in the late tenth century led to the development of a new set of Jewish communities. This northern Jewry prospered, only to decline sharply two centuries later. Chazan locates the cause of the decline primarily in the creation of new, negative images of Jews. He shows how these damaging twelfth-century stereotypes developed and goes on to chart the powerful, lasting role of the new anti-Jewish imagery in the historical development of antisemitism.

This coupling of the twelfth century's notable intellectual bequests to the growth of Western civilization with its legacy of virulent anti-Jewish motifs offers an important new key to understanding modern antisemitism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520203945
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/18/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Chazan is Scheuer Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. His previous books include Barcelona and Beyond: The Disputation of 1263 and Its Aftermath (1992), Daggers of Faith: Thirteenth-Century Christian Missionizing and Jewish Response (1989), and European Jewry and the First Crusade (1987), all published by California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 An Immigrant Jewry: Protection, Persecution, Perception 1
2 Real Change and Reality-Based Imagery 19
3 Intensified Perceptions of Jewish Enmity: Diverse Testimonies 41
4 Intensified Perceptions of Jewish Enmity: Principal Themes 58
5 The Deteriorating Jewish Image and Its Causes 74
6 The Deteriorating Jewish Image and Its Effects: Ecclesiastical Policies 95
7 The Deteriorating Jewish Image and Its Effects: The Temporal Authorities 110
8 Medieval Stereotypes and Modern Antisemitism 125
Notes 141
Bibliography 173
Index 185
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