The Anti-Semitic Moment: A Tour of France in 1898

The Anti-Semitic Moment: A Tour of France in 1898

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The Anti-Semitic Moment: A Tour of France in 1898 by 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 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: 9780809065011
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 03/05/2003
Edition description: 1 AMER ED
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.22(d)

About the Author

Pierre Birnbaum is visiting professor of Jewish studies at Columbia University. A number of his works and edited collections have been published in English, including Anti-Semitism in Modern France, The Jews of the Republic, and Paths for Emancipation.



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