The History of Anti-Semitism, Volume 3: From Voltaire to Wagner

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Oct 15, 2003 - History - 592 pages
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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 Voltaire to Wagner reviews the period of the European Enlightenment in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries when anti-Semitism gradually stopped being an official state policy in most countries. Highlighting the emancipation of Jews as it spread across Europe, Poliakov shows how philosophers, statesmen, and some theologians became concerned with civil rights, yet the anti-Semitic beliefs of many highly regarded and influential persons remained a major roadblock to true equality and justice. The volume ends with the development of racial anti-Semitic theories bound up in the emerging modern sciences.

  

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Contents

The Jews of Europe in the Eighteenth Century
3
The United States of America
41
The Men of the Ghetto
47
The English Deists
59
France in the Enlightenment
70
Germany
157
The Emancipation
213
pating tendencies in the Russian Empire
244
England
323
France
338
the Socialist movements
364
Germany
380
Conclusion
458
Notes
475
Index
571
Copyright

Effects of Emancipation
255

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About the author (2003)

Leon Poliakov (1910-97) wrote extensively on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. His many books include Harvest of Hate: The Nazi Program for the Destruction of Jews in Europe and Aryan Myth: A History of Racist and Nationalist Ideas in Europe. He helped establish the Centre de Documentation Juive in 1943.

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