Anti-Judaism (Paperback)David Nirenberg (author)
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A magisterial history, ranging from antiquity to the present, that reveals anti-Judaism to be a mode of thought deeply embedded in the Western tradition.
There is a widespread tendency to regard anti-Judaism - whether expressed in a casual remark or implemented through pogrom or extermination campaign - as somehow exceptional: an unfortunate indicator of personal prejudice or the shocking outcome of an extremist ideology married to power.
But, as David Nirenberg argues in this ground-breaking study, to confine anit-Judaism to the margins of our culture is to be dangerously complacent. Anti-Judaism is not an irrational closet in the vast edifice of Western thought, but rather one of the basic tools with which that edifice was constructed.
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 624
Weight: 425 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 37 mm
'In this remarkable book, the development of a way of thinking is traced with scholarly rigour' * The Times *
A truly monumental book. Dark as its subject may be, it is full of delights... This is a book that will - and should - stop you in your tracks' * Sunday Times *
Hugely impressive and brilliantly argued scholarly work... Nirenberg asks tough questions about our intellectual roots' * Irish Mail on Sunday *
'This richly fascinating "history of a way of thinking" takes us to some unexpected places. The Merchant of Venice is here of course, but such ingrained prejudice even crops up in a diet book of 1599. Sadly for modern enlightenment, Nirenberg ends by contemplating "the future's dangers"' * The Independent *
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