Medieval Stereotypes and Modern Antisemitism

Medieval Stereotypes and Modern Antisemitism

eBook - 1997
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University of California Press
"Chazan's highly readable work raises large questions of great contemporary interest. . . . No one has made the argument, at least in so direct a way, that it was in the twelfth century for the first time that Christians began to think of contemporary Jews as a fundamentally malevolent force within Christian society."--Robert C. Stacey, author of The English Jews in the Middle Ages, 1066-1290

The twelfth century in Europe, hailed by historians as a time of intellectual and spiritual vitality, had a dark side. As Robert Chazan points out, the marginalization of minorities emerged during the "twelfth-century renaissance" as part of a growing pattern of persecution, and among those stigmatized the Jews figured prominently.

The migration of Jews to northern Europe in the late tenth century led to the development of a new set of Jewish communities. This northern Jewry prospered, only to decline sharply two centuries later. Chazan locates the cause of the decline primarily in the creation of new, negative images of Jews. He shows how these damaging twelfth-century stereotypes developed and goes on to chart the powerful, lasting role of the new anti-Jewish imagery in the historical development of antisemitism.

This coupling of the twelfth century's notable intellectual bequests to the growth of Western civilization with its legacy of virulent anti-Jewish motifs offers an important new key to understanding modern antisemitism.

Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c1997
ISBN: 9780520917408
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 189 p.)


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