Released on 15 Jan 2010
Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England, by Anthony Julius
England has a unique and powerfully influential track-record of anti-Semitism, argues Anthony Julius.
In Trials of the Diaspora, Anthony Julius traces its disturbing history from the bloody medieval persecutions and the invention of the 'Blood Libel', through the centuries of exclusion, the gradual rehabilitation after Cromwell, and the not-quiet complete integration of the twentieth-century.
He exposes the pernicious literary strand that extends from medieval balladeers through Shakespeare and Dickens, to Eliot and beyond. And he dissects the alarming new political Anti-Zionism-- part secular, part religious.
In addition, in an extensive opening chapter, he tells his own story, revealing the everyday experience of today's Anglo-Jewish community.
"An essential history" Philip Roth
Published: 25th February 2010
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Trials of the Diaspora