Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction (Second Edition)

Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction (Second Edition)

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Author: Steven Beller

Antisemitism is the hatred of Jews and Judaism. It has been a central problem of western civilization for millennia, and its history continues to invite debate.

This Very Short Introduction untangles the history of the phenomenon, from ancient religious conflict to “new” antisemitism in the 21st century. Beller reveals how antisemitism grew as a political and ideological movement in the 19th century and how it reached its dark apogee in the worst genocide in modern history—the Holocaust. He also explores how antisemitism still persists around the world today.

In this new edition, Beller brings his examination of this complex and still-controversial issue up to date with a discussion of antisemitism in light of the 2008 financial crash, the Arab Spring, and the on-going crisis between Israel and Palestine.


152 pages