History of Antisemitism (HGS 711)

Recommended Elective

The course will analyze the articulated hatred toward Jews as a historical force. After treating anti-Judaism in the pagan world of antiquity, in classical Christian doctrine, the Crusades, medieval chimerical accusations, Christian iconographic stereotypes and Shylock in the Merchant of Venice, the course will focus on the modern phenomenon of racial antisemitism crystallizing in 19th-century Europe and reaching its lethal extreme in Nazi ideology, propaganda, and policy. Anti-zionism, as well as Jewish reactions to antisemitism, will also be studied.

Semester Information: 
Summer A: April 24 - June 18