First published in 1982, this book examines anti-semitism in the Western world. The author concludes that, fringe neo-Nazi groups notwithstanding, significant anti-semitism is largely a left-wing rather than a right-wing phenomenon. He finds that Jews have reacted to this change in their situation and in attitudes towards them by making a shift to the right in most Western countries, with the major exception of the United States. Considering the contribution of Jews to socialist thought from Marx onwards and the equally lengthy history of right-wing anti-semitism, this shift is one of the most significant in Jewish history. This movement to the right is discussed in separate chapters, as is Soviet anti-semitism and the status of the State of Israel. Examined in depth are the implications of this shift in attitude for Jewish philosophy and self-identity.
Table of Contents
1. The Pattern of Modern Jewish History 1.1. The Jewish Community in Britain 1.2. The Jewish Community in the United States 1.3. The German Jewish Community 1.4. The French Jewish Community 1.5. Conclusion 2. Power, Elites and the Jews in the Post-War World 2.1. Power and Modern Society 2.2. The Jews as an Elite 2.3. Power and the Problem of the Jews 2.4. Elites and Jewish Self-Perception 3. The Realignment of Anti-Semitism 3.1. Anti-Semitism and Philo-Semitism 3.2. The Western Establishment and the Jews 3.3. The Left and the Jews 3.4. The Left and the Jews in Toady’s World 3.5. Social Democracy and the Jews Today 4. The Jewish Reaction 4.1. The Jewish Political Response 4.2. The Jewish Intelligentsia 4.3. The Jewish Reaction 5. The Western Democracies 5.1. The United States 5.2. Britain 5.3. Australia 6. The Soviet Union 7. Israel 8. Conclusions