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The History of Anti-Semitism, Volume 4: Suicidal Europe, 1870-1933

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Covering the story of prejudice against Jews from the time of Christ through the rise of Nazi Germany, The History of Anti-Semitism presents in elegant and thoughtful language a balanced, careful assessment of this egregious human failing that is nearly ubiquitous in the history of Europe.

Suicidal Europe, 1870-1933 traces the development of a belief among Europe's educated classes in an eventual Jewish domination of the West. Revealing the embedded myths about Jewish bankers ...

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Overview

Covering the story of prejudice against Jews from the time of Christ through the rise of Nazi Germany, The History of Anti-Semitism presents in elegant and thoughtful language a balanced, careful assessment of this egregious human failing that is nearly ubiquitous in the history of Europe.

Suicidal Europe, 1870-1933 traces the development of a belief among Europe's educated classes in an eventual Jewish domination of the West. Revealing the embedded myths about Jewish bankers and Jewish Bolsheviks in European rhetoric and histories, Poliakov demonstrates that the steady rise in anti-Semitism and suspicion of Jews in the late nineteenth century—highlighted by the Dreyfus affair—and its eventual eruption in the rise of the Nazi party in Germany in the 1920s are part of the same thread of fear and hatred that reaches back to the beginning of the first millennium.

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"Highly recommended without exception."—Choice

"Léon Poliakov's work on antisemitism is of enormous importance. As a work of scholarship it is almost without peer. One could have imagined that Poliakov's study might have given a long overdue burial to the longest hatred. Sadly—tragically—it has taken on a new urgency in our time as the images and issues have been resurrected at the beginning of the twenty-first century."—Michael Berenbaum, Director, Sigi Ziering Institute

"Poliakov has demonstrated how widely and deeply versed he is in his subject."—Economist

"Poliakov has shown that anti-Semitism is no chance phenomenon but an emanation of European culture."—Times Literary Supplement

"A scholarly but eminently readable tracing of the sources and recurring themes of anti-Semitism."—Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812218664
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: History of Anti-Semitism Series
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Leon Poliakov (1910-97) has written extensively on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. His many books include Harvest of Hate: The Nazi Program for the Destruction of Jews in Europe and Aryan Myth: A History of Racist and Nationalist Ideas in Europe. He helped establish the Centre de Documentation Juive in 1943.
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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Prologue
1 The Jews of Europe in the Eighteenth Century 3
Germany
France
Great Britain
A glance at the other European countries
2 The United States of America 41
3 The Men of the Ghetto 47
Part 1 The Century of Enlightenment
4 The English Deists 59
5 France in the Enlightenment 70
The Protestant attitude
Montesquieu: the physiocrats
Voltaire
Rousseau
Diderot and the Encyclopedie
The "Holbachic Synagogue"
The system builders
The regenerators
6 Germany 157
The good Germany
The good Jew
German philosophy and the Jews
The Berlin Jewish salons
Part 2 Emancipation
7 The Emancipation 213
Emancipation in France
Emancipation in Germany
Emancipating tendencies in the Russian Empire
8 Effects of Emancipation 255
The Jews' point of view
The non-Jews' point of view
Part 3 The Racist Reaction
9 England 323
Jews in Walter Scott and Disraeli
10 France 338
The Jews' entry into society
Ghosts from the past: the wandering Jews
Future threats: the Socialist movements
11 Germany 380
Arndt, Jahn and the Germanomanes
The detour of economic anti-Semitism
Borne and Heine: young Germany or young Palestine?
The atheists' crusade
The case of Richard Wagner
Conclusion 458
Notes 475
Index 571
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