Esau's Tears Modern Anti-Semitism and the Rise of the Jews

ISBN-10: 0521795389
ISBN-13: 9780521795388
Edition: 2000
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Description: Esau's Tears explores the remarkable and revealing variety of modern anti-Semitism, from its emergence in the 1870s in a racial-political form to the eve of the Nazi takeover, in the major countries of Europe and in the United States. Previous  More...

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List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/4/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 600
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Esau's Tears explores the remarkable and revealing variety of modern anti-Semitism, from its emergence in the 1870s in a racial-political form to the eve of the Nazi takeover, in the major countries of Europe and in the United States. Previous histories have generally been more concerned with description than analysis, and most of the interpretations in those histories have been lacking in balance. The evidence presented in this volume suggests that anti-Semitism in these years was more ambiguous than usually presented, less pervasive and central to the lives of both Jews and non-Jews, and by no means clearly pointed to a rising hatred of Jews everywhere, even less to the likelihood of mass murder. Similarly, Jew-hatred was not as mysterious or incomprehensible as often presented; its strength in some countries and weakness in others may be related to the fluctuating, and sometimes quite different, perceptions in those countries of the meaning of the rise of the Jews in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Preface
The Long-Range Background
Anti-Semitism before the modern period: overview and definition
Modern times (1700 to the 1870s)
The Appearance of Modern Anti-Semitism (1870-1890)
Germans and Jews (1870-1980)
Anti-Semitic ideology and movement in Germany (1879 to the 1890s)
Socialists, Jews, and anti-Semites
Austria-Hungary: radical radicalism and Schlamperei
France: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity
A sweet exile?
The Belle Epoque (1890-1914)
The ambiguities of 'failure' in the Belle Epoque: Germany and Austria
The ambiguous successes: Great Britain and the United States
A Decade of War and Revolution (1914-1924)
World War I
Jews and revolution (1917-1934)
The Fascist Era: Europe Between the Wars
Fascism and Anti-Semitism
Epilogue
Conclusions

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