The Socialism of Fools?
Leftist Origins of Modern Anti-Semitism
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Anti-Semitism, as it has existed historically in Europe, is generally thought of as having been a phenomenon of the political right. To the extent that nineteenth- and early twentieth-century leftist movements have been found to manifest anti-Semitism, their involvement has often been suggested to be a mere fleeting and insignificant phenomenon. As such, this study seeks to examine more fully the role that the historic European left has played in developing and espousing anti-Semitic views. The authors draw upon a range of primary and secondary sources, including the analysis of left- and right-wing newspaper reportage, to trace the relationship between the political left and anti-Semitism in France, Germany, and Great Britain from the French Revolution to World War II, ultimately concluding that the relationship between the left and anti-Semitism has been much more profound than previously believed.Read more
- Explains why the political left embraced anti-Semitism in the early nineteenth century and why it distanced itself in the late nineteenth century
- Identifies the three principal anti-Jewish arguments upon which the left built its case against the Jews
- Serves as a comparison of the divergent paths of left-wing anti-Semitism in France, Great Britain, and Germany
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"With a well-documented analysis of anti-Semitic discourse in nineteenth- and twentieth-century political speech, books, pamphlets, manifestos, and right-wing and leftist newspapers, Brustein and Roberts argue that leftist movements contributed to themes and narratives that fueled modern European anti-Semitism. The animosity of the left to Jews stemmed from the conviction that Judaism was anti-modern, Jews were responsible for the evils of capitalism, and Jews were lukewarm nationalists. In France and Germany, these beliefs were not just a minor sideshow to virulent right-wing anti-Semitism but were shared by both adversaries. In the struggle with fascism the socialists did not fully distance themselves from anti-Semitism. In light of this record, the authors raise questions about the contemporary leftist position on Israeli-Palestinian issues. There is much to learn and think about in this well-written book."
Anthony Oberschall, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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- Date Published: August 2015
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781316371176
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Table of Contents
1. Before the Left: the anti-Semitic thought of the European enlightenment
4. Great Britain
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