1st Edition

The Routledge History of Antisemitism

Edited By Mark Weitzman, Robert J. Williams, James Wald Copyright 2023
    458 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Antisemitism is a topic on which there is a wide gap between scholarly and popular understanding, and as concern over antisemitism has grown, so too have the debates over how to understand and combat it. This handbook explores its history and manifestations, ranging from its origins to the internet.

    Since the Holocaust, many in North America and Europe have viewed antisemitism as a historical issue with little current importance. However, recent events show that antisemitism is not just a matter of historical interest or of concern only to Jews. Antisemitism has become a major issue confronting and challenging our world. This volume starts with explorations of antisemitism in its many different shapes across time and then proceeds to a geographical perspective, covering a broad scope of experiences across different countries and regions. The final section discusses the manifestations of antisemitism in its varied cultural and social forms.

    With an international range of contributions across 40 chapters, this is an essential volume for all readers of Jewish and non-Jewish history alike.

    Preface: Antisemitism – A Comment

    Yehuda Bauer


    David I. Kertzer


    Mark Weitzman, Robert J. Williams, and James Wald

    SECTION I: Chronology

    1. Jews and Non-Jews in Ancient Cities: Alexandria, Antioch, Caesarea, Rome

    Benjamin Isaac

    2. Medieval Antisemitism

    Robert Chazan

    3. Antisemitism: The Last 150 Years

    Richard S. Levy

    4. Contemporary Antisemitism

    David Hirsh

    SECTION II: Geography

    5. American Antisemitism

    Jonathan D. Sarna

    6. Argentina and the Jews: Between the Privileges of "Whiteness" and the Curse of "Badness"

    Martina Weisz

    7. East Asia and Antisemitism: A Vast Region Immersed in Admiration and Consternation

    Rotem Kowner

    8. Antisemitism in Australia

    Suzanne D. Rutland

    9. The Judeo-Bolshevik Myth and Contemporary Antisemitism in the Baltic States

    Christine Beresniova and Doyle Stevick

    10. What is the Role Played by Antisemitism in the History of the Jews in Brazil?

    Roney Cytrynowicz

    11. English Antisemitism

    Anthony Julius

    12. Antisemitism in France

    Maurice Samuels

    13. Antisemitism in Germany

    James Wald

    14. Anti-semitism in Hungary

    Holly Case

    15. Antisemitism in North Africa

    Haim Saadoun

    16. Antisemitism in Mexico

    Judit Bokser Liwerant

    17. Antisemitism in the Middle East

    Meir Litvak

    18. Antisemitism in Poland

    Rafal Pankowski

    19. Antisemitism in Russia

    Per Anders Rudling

    20. Antisemitism in South Africa

    Milton Shain

    21. Antisemitism in Spain – A Historical Survey

    Jonathan Ray

    22. Antisemitism in Turkey

    Rifat N. Bali

    23. Antisemitism in Ukraine

    John-Paul Himka

    SECTION III: Topics

    24. Christianity and Antisemitism

    Deborah Forger and Susannah Heschel

    25. Muslim Antisemitism: Religion, Politics, and Israel

    Mehnaz M. Afridi

    26. Blood Libel and Its Persistence in Antisemitic Imagination

    Magda Teter

    27. Antisemitism and the Persistence of the "Protocols"

    Steven Leonard Jacobs

    28. The Long Term and the Short Term: Antisemitism and the Holocaust

    Jeffrey Herf

    29. Antisemitism and Diseases, Pandemics, and Public Health Crises

    Robert J. Williams

    30. Antisemitism and Art

    Sara Offenberg

    31. Philosophy and Judeophobia

    Jonathan Judaken

    32. Gender and Antisemitism

    Christina von Braun

    33. Discourse and Antisemitism

    Ruth Wodak

    34. BDS and Antisemitism

    Cary Nelson

    35. Antisemitism 2.0 and the Cyberculture of Hate: Opening Pandora’s Box

    Monika Schwarz-Friesel

    36. Algorithmic Antisemitism on Social Media

    Monika Hübscher

    37. Holocaust Denial and Distortion

    Mark Weitzman

    38. Antisemitism in the Study of Ancient Judaism

    Lawrence H. Schiffman

    39. Zionism: A Response to Antisemitism?

    Gil Troy

    40. Some Traditional Jewish Perspectives on Antisemitism

    Marc B. Shapiro


    Mark Weitzman is Chief Operating Officer of the World Jewish Restitution Organization, the senior US delegate to the International Holocaust Remembrance Authority (IHRA), and Vice President of the Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO).

    Robert J. Williams is the Andrew J. and Erna Finci-Viterbi Executive Director Chair of the USC Shoah Foundation, UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education at the University of Southern California, and Advisor to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

    James Wald teaches modern European history at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

    “In a more just world, we would not need a book like this one. But in the broken, flawed, real world that we inhabit, the Routledge History of Antisemitism is both morally necessary and intellectually essential. With an impressive range of topics and contributors, this volume provides a sweeping survey of antisemitism over the millenia and around the globe, and it does so in a lucid and accessible way.”

    Prof. Samuel G. Freedman, Columbia Journalism School


    “A book published in the right time, relevant to a current troubling issue is always a welcome surprise. So is the  Routledge History of Antisemitism, off the print in 2023, when antisemitism is on the rise worldwide and  the depiction of a reliable picture is sorely needed. Holding 40 well-edited essays along 400 pages, this volume offers concise, up to date eye opening information, accompanied by analysis and insight, on a wide variety of topics, written by first rate experts, each representing his or her field of expertise. Needless to say, such a collection  is indeed a most relevant contribution to any discussion of antisemitism nowadays.”

    Prof. Emerita Dina Porat, Chief historian of Yad Vashem, 2010-2021, The Alfred P. Slaner Chair in Antisemitism and Racism in Tel Aviv University


    “A crucial contribution to the field spanning the full spectrum of time and geography of the world’s most enduring hatred. From antiquity to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party; from the Holocaust to Soviet antizionism; from the Middle East to the Baltic states; from the BDS to online hate: the tightly written essays in this volume are certain to prove an essential resource for educators, students and general public alike.”

    Izabella Tabarovsky, Senior Advisor, Kennan Institute (Wilson Center)