학술논문

The Cambridge companion to antisemitism
Document Type
Review
Source
Choice Reviews 60:12
Subject
Choice Reviews Primary Subject - Social & Behavioral Sciences
Choice Reviews Secondary Subject - History, Geography & Area Studies
Choice Reviews Interdisciplinary Category - Racial Justice
Language
English
Abstract
The 27 essays in this collection from editor Katz (religion, Boston Univ.) cover the history and ideologies associated with anti-Semitism from antiquity to contemporary social media. The book is organized into three periods—classical, medieval, and modern—and each essay engages with major historiographical controversies. Many authors also suggest directions for future research. The downside to this organization is a certain amount of repetition among the chapters, especially in the classical section. However, because the volume is not intended to be read straight through like a monograph and each essay is intended to stand alone, this is not a major flaw. The collection strikes a good balance between literary analysis, as in the chapters by Bryan Cheyette and Maurice Samuels, and specific events and themes, such as Emily Rose’s analysis of medieval blood libel. Of particular interest is Deborah Lipstadt’s essay, “New Issues,” which links definitions of anti-Semitism with contemporary manifestations of Jew hatred. Given Lipstadt's current role as the U.S. Department of State’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, her chapter demonstrates the potential practical applications of history. Summing Up: Recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty; professionals.

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