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The History of Anti-Semitism, Volume 1

The History of Anti-Semitism, Volume 1

From the Time of Christ to the Court Jews

by Leon Poliakov

Translated by Richard Howard

Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

352 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm

  • ISBN: 9780812218633
  • Published: October 2003

£19.99

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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.

From the Time of Christ to the Court Jews systematically traces the twists and turns of hatred against Jews as it developed from Roman times to the end of the eighteenth century. Chiefly the history of prejudice against the Ashkenazim, this volume demonstrates that organized anti-Semitism was unknown until the First Crusade, an event that marked the beginning of systematic genocide and mass expulsions in Europe. Jews were accused of countless crimes, from causing the Black Death to practicing ritual murder, and the author attempts throughout to reveal the sociological and psychological forces behind these irrational charges.