History | Antisemitism in Europe Since the Enlightenment
B300 | 6508 | Roseman
The course addresses major issues in the history of Anti-Semitism in
Europe from the late 18th century to the post-Holocaust era. The
term anti-Semitism did not exist until the 1870s, and so a core
question within the course will be whether the second half of the
19th Century constituted a major point of discontinuity,
transforming older European traditions of Christian hostility
towards Judaism into a largely secular and often racially based anti-
Semitism. Or does the new label of 'anti-Semitism' create a
misleading sense of novelty and unity, concealing the continuing
heterogeneity and diversity of a variety of anti-Jewish movements?
Another key theme of the course is understanding the degree to which
the Holocaust was the heir to European anti-Semitism. Finally, we
will ask in what forms anti-Semitism survived in Europe after the
Two texts are required purchase:
ANTI-SEMITISM, by Robert S. Wistrich (Author)
Hardcover: Publisher: Pantheon Books; Reprint edition (July
The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History, by Paul R.
Mendes-Flohr (Editor), Jehuda Reinharz (Editor) Product Details
Paperback: Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2nd edition
The other readings will be on the e-reserve list for this course.
There will be a midterm, a final exam, and two writing assignments
responding to the reading.