The Cambridge Companion to Antisemitism

The Cambridge Companion to Antisemitism

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Editor: Steven Katz

This Cambridge Companion examines the history, culture, and literature of antisemitism from antiquity to the present. With contributions from an international team of scholars, whose essays were specially commissioned for this volume, it covers the long history of antisemitism. It starts with ancient Greece and Egypt and goes through the anti-Judaism of early Christianity and the medieval era in both the Christian and Muslim worlds when Jews were defined as “outsiders,” especially in Christian Europe. This portrayal often led to violence, notably pogroms that often accompanied Crusades, as well as to libels against Jews. The volume also explores the roles of Luther and the Reformation, the Enlightenment, the debate over Jewish emancipation, Marxism, and the social disruptions after World War I that led to the rise of Nazism and genocide. Finally, it considers current issues, including the dissemination of hate on social media and the internet and questions of definition and method.


536 pages