The Longest Hatred

Book - 1991
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Baker & Taylor
Provides a country-by-country look at antisemitism, from its pagan beginnings to its recent reemergence in Europe

Blackwell North Amer
Throughout history, Jews have been turned into demons in the public mind by a miasma of paranoia, millennial fantasy, and sheer political cynicism. Barely fifty years after the Holocaust, antisemitism is back in the news. Just what exactly is this terrible disease of the mind?
Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred takes a sweeping look at the phenomenon of antisemitism from its beginnings to the present, tracing this virulent virus from its pagan roots to the Christian charge of deicide and beyond to the massacres of the Crusades and the Inquisition, which heralded later blood libels and fantasies of Jewish conspiracies for world domination. Is there really anything new in the endless accusations that have echoed across the centuries from Haman to Hitler? Is there any meaning to be extracted from the myths, the stereotypes, and the obsessions that have characterized the antisemitic discourse for more than two millennia?
Robert S. Wistrich sets out to find the answers in a lucid and timely survey informed by a profound knowledge of history. "Can it happen here?" This question is now being asked with trepidation wherever the poison of antisemitism has made a comeback after having survived intact the near extinction of European Jewry. Charting the course of antisemitism through history, Wistrich focuses on the dramatic reemergence of antisemitism in the wake of the collapse of Communism and the new national hysteria which has set the ground burning under the feet of a still substantial Jewish minority. He provides a country-by-country survey, showing the modern guise of antisemitism as it appears today throughout the world--in Germany, Austria, the United States, Britain, France, Eastern Europe, and the countries of the former Soviet Union, as well as in the Middle East amid a radicalized Islam.

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The author of The Jews in Vienna in the Age of Franz Joseph employs his profound knowledge of history in a probing country-by-country look at antisemitism, from its beginnings to its recent reemergence in Europe.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [1991]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©1991
ISBN: 9780679409465
Branch Call Number: 305.8924 WISTR
Characteristics: xxvi, 341 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain by Methuen London in 1991"--Title page verso


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