Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Steven Beller

By Steven Beller

Anti-Semitism has been a chillingly continual presence through the final millennium, culminating nowa days within the horror of the ultimate resolution.

This Very brief creation examines and untangles many of the strands of anti-Semitism visible all through background, revealing why hatred of the Jews seems to be so chronic via time. Steven Beller illuminates the background of the phenomenon: from medieval spiritual clash, to the expansion of anti-Semitism as a political and ideological circulate within the nineteenth century, to the "new" anti-Semitism of the twenty first century, as mirrored in Holocaust denial and Islamic anti-Zionism. the writer additionally discusses the position and attitudes of key figures reminiscent of Wagner, Nietzsche, and Marx, in addition to key texts corresponding to the cast "Protocols of the Elders of Zion."

In brief, this compact ebook bargains an insightful account that underscores how anti-Semitism reached it its darkish apogee within the worst genocide in glossy history--the Holocaust--and the way it nonetheless persists around the globe this day.

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Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, a relatively visionary sort, would indeed make his mark upon the world. The groups that he defined were the Caucasians, Mongolians, Ethiopians, (native) Americans, and Malays. 11 His geometry of race would forever remap how the world viewed itself, and govern the ongoing debates over race. ”12 For his time, Blumenbach could be considered racially tolerant and perhaps even enlightened. He espoused what was seen by some as a radical view, when he noted that he did not think racial boundaries were impenetrable or different groups were unalterably and permanently unequal.

It was this state of powerlessness that conditioned and determined what the experience of Blacks would be under Nazism. What is important here is that the notion of power not be limited simply to the capacity of the state to control the economic and social life of a particular group. The state, in this instance, entirely dominated and managed the discourse on race with little space for a counteroppositional voice or political movement. The hegemonic reification of Aryan superiority was all-encompassing.

She draws some important conclusions in her dissertation (and other articles she authored or coauthored) on the period. 47 These relationships, I argue, are constitutive of the identities and narratives that informed the era. S. counterparts is also an important variable in the unfolding of the global racial policies, language, discourses, and experiences from the period. Another important but different work is Hans Massaquoi’s 1999 autobiography, Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany.

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