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Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Steven Beller

October 2015

ISBN: 9780198724834

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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In this Very Short Introduction, Steven Beller explores the historical and political intricacies of Antisemitism, an issue which has been a worryingly persistent presence in the last millennium, and one that continues to provoke debate and discussion.

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In this Very Short Introduction, Steven Beller explores the historical and political intricacies of Antisemitism, an issue which has been a worryingly persistent presence in the last millennium, and one that continues to provoke debate and discussion.

New to this edition

  • Examines why Antisemitism appears to be so persistent throughout history
  • Focuses on the growth of political Antisemitism in the 19th century, and uses this as a frame to consider its historical roots, its social and cultural impact, and its consequences
  • Discusses the role and attitudes of key figures such as Wagner, Nietzsche, and Marx, as well as key texts such as the forged 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion'
  • Looks at Antisemitism beyond the Holocaust: from the establishment of Israel, to 'Aryan' supremacism in the US, Holocaust denial, and Islamic anti-Zionism
  • Incorporates new research on the motivation and responsibility for the Holocaust
  • Addresses 'Muslim antisemitism' and the hostility to Israel and Israeli policy in light of recent political developments
  • Re-evaluates traditional political antisemitism after the financial crash of 2008 and the ensuing wave of xenophobia and nationalism in Europe
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Steven Beller, Visiting Scholar at George Washington University, Washington D.C., and former Research Fellow in History at Peterhouse College, Cambridge

Steven Beller is a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University, Washington DC, and a former Research Fellow in History at Peterhouse College, Cambridge. His previous books include Democracy: All That Matters (Hodder & Stoughton, 2013) and A Concise History of Austria (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Table of Contents

    1:What is antisemitism?
    2:The burden of the past
    3:The Chosen People
    4:The culture of irrationalism
    5:The perils of modernity
    6:Concatenations
    7:Consequences
    8:After Auschwitz
    References
    Further Reading