By Jerome A. Chanes

Antisemitism: A Reference instruction manual is the 1st reference paintings to provide an international survey of antisemitism that is going past its historical past to bare the roots and nature of antisemitism. Exploring how antisemitism has manifested itself in a variety of international locations from pre-Christian occasions to modern day ongoing Palestinian Intifada, which has brought on serious reactions in Arab and Muslim groups worldwide, this targeted paintings strains the historical past of the hatred of Jews worldwide.Approximately 20 biographical sketches profile advocates of antisemitism resembling William Marr, who coined the time period "antisemitism," and competitors of antisemitism similar to St. Anselm and Martin Luther King. during this critical but obtainable quantity, scholars, students, executive officers, and diplomats will realize the solutions to such perplexing questions as "What is antisemitism?" and "How does antisemitism relate to racism and to staff prejudice in general?"

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The sense of this author is that the source of anxiety for many Jews around the world (again, especially in the United States) is not be antisemitism per se; it is the rise of intergroup conflict across the map. The relationship of intergroup tension to antisemitism is an area that requires significant study. A second important area for research is that social scientists and historians need to know more about the taboos and controls surrounding expression of antisemitism, controls that cause nonantisemites to become anti-antisemites.

This was then taken to the Jew’s home, or to a synagogue, where the host—that is, Jesus—was tortured. ” Jews suspected of such action were usually burnt; families and communities were punished. Entire areas of Jewish communities, mostly in Germany, were devastated as a result of this libel. The libels were of profound importance in the history of antisemitism, both in and of themselves and what they signified. The charge of desecrating the host, even more than the blood or ritual-murder libel, clearly showed how Christians viewed the Jews in the Middle Ages.

11. See, for example, data from studies conducted over the past two decades by Marttila and Kiley/the Marttila Communications Group for the Anti-Defamation League (1998 Survey on Anti-Semitism and Prejudice in America; 2002 Survey on Anti-Semitism in America). This inverse correlation—social conditions up, antisemitism down—holds true, contrary to conventional wisdom, across racial lines as well. 12. ” in Antisemitism in America Today, ed. Jerome A. Chanes, 84–99 (New York: Carol Publishing/Birch Lane Press, 1995).

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