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  • Series: Studies in Antisemitism
  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (June 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253008786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253008787
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"The authors make their case for paying closer attention to contemporary expressions of antisemitism. Interested academic and general readers will want to do so through this book." —Library Journal



"Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives helps to frame the debates now current in the field of Antisemitism Studies. As such, the book moves the field forward at a crucial time in its development." —Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs



"Extremely interesting, timely, well researched, and well argued... the book makes a major contribution to our understanding of a very important and deeply troubling issue." —Maurice Samuels, Yale University



"Despite its more than 500 pages, the book’s many subjects and perspectives ensure it never ceases to be interesting, and it does an outstanding job of describing the chilling diversity of anti-Semitism today." —ForeWord Reviews



"More than an excellent survey, Resurgent Antisemitism heralds the emergence of an international study of anti-Semitism, replete with both grand established figures and emerging young stars." —Brandeis Brief



"This new book... comes as a bright flare of warning about the renewal of the ancient hatred of Jews... Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in wiping out European Jewry. Today his goal has gone global." —National Catholic Reporter



"Resurgent Antisemitism is an important study and includes numerous interesting voices, not merely academics, but also activists and writers. It is important to continue researching the phenomenon of anti-Semitism. The question is whether much of the research is sinking in among the states where progressive governments can use texts like this to combat this phenomenon." —Jerusalem Post Magazine



"Indispensable to our understanding of contemporary antisemitism and how these new variations are informed and empowered by classical themes... a key text that helps to frame the intellectual debates now developing in the new field of Antisemitism Studies." —Catherine D. Chatterley, author of Disenchantment: George Steiner and the Meaning of Western Culture after Auschwitz



"Resurgent Antisemitism is a key text that helps to frame the intellectual debates now developing in the field of Antisemitism Studies and as such it has the potential to help move the field forward intellectually, something which is indeed crucial at this moment in time." —Scholars for Peace in the Middle East



"The editor has culled articles from outstanding, thorough and sophisticated scholars representing diverse disciplines. The result is a brilliantly nuanced geographical and ideological atlas which
analyzes the coordinates of antisemitism in its malevolent tentacles all over the world. The breadth of the inquiry is astonishing..." —Jewish Post & Opinion

About the Author

Alvin H. Rosenfeld holds the Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies and is Professor of English and Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism at Indiana University Bloomington. He is author of A Double Dying: Reflections on Holocaust Literature, Imagining Hitler, and The End of the Holocaust, all published by IU Press.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William Garrison Jr. VINE VOICE on August 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives" ed. by Alvin H. Rosenfeld , (June 2013). Following condensed comments are from a review by Bruce Bawer in his Aug. 1, 2013 review in "Front Page Mag."

"Most of the essays illuminate the current situation for Jews in a specific corner of the world: Alejandro Baer (Spain), Zvi Gitelman (the former Communist countries of Eastern Europe); Szilvia Peremiczky (Hungary and Romania); Rifat N. Bali (Turkey), Paul Bogdanor (modern Britain), Anna Sommer Schneider (Poland), Eirik Eiglad (Norway), Matthias Küntzel (Middle East), Jamsheed K. Choksy (Iran).

"Less encouraging is the essay by Tel Aviv University's Ilan Avisar, who, pondering the especially depressing topic of Israeli antisemitism, declares: "Anti-Zionist argumentation has become a major phenomenon in Israeli intellectual life." Emanuele Ottolenghi, who also probes Jewish antisemitism, is particularly interested in the history of the self-hating Jew, a type exemplified by "Jewish converts, like Pablo Cristiani, who led the medieval trials against the Talmud, and Alfonso de Valladolid, who wrote ferocious anti-Jewish polemics in the fourteenth century." Dina Porat explores Holocaust denial; Tammi Rossman-Benjamin examines the way in which victim-group studies at U.S. colleges have intensified antisemitism on campus.

"Wistrich explains how Soviet rhetoric about Israel was picked up "by Arab intellectuals, nationalists, Islamists, and Marxists" - and, reaching across the Atlantic (as these essays otherwise seldom do), how antisemitism in Venezuela surged under the Hugo Chávez regime.

"This is a serious book - an important book.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Martin Kemp on August 29, 2013
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Anti-Semitism persists, or resurges, in European countries where there are no longer any Jews. This book proves beyond all doubt that anti-Semitism is a profound and possibly incurable sickness of the mind.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Philip Collier on September 10, 2014
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Mr Rosenfeld seems to believe that Israel is a perfect state and that Jews are the only perfect ethnic group in human history with the possible exception of Jews and Israelis who disagree with him.
An important question hardly even considered by the author is why the United States a country 98 percent non Jewish should finance Jewish nationalism on the other side of the world.
A possible problem with that was commented on by Hannah Arendt back in 1944 in a essay entitled "Zionism
reconsidered ". The book "Israel's Holocaust and the Politics
of Nationhood" by Israeli academic Idith Zertal published by the Cambridge University Press in 2005. This book got a favorable review from former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo
Ben Ami. Page 160 of this book quotes Hannah Arendt as follows:

"Nationalism is bad enough when it trusts in nothing
but the rude force of the nation. A nationalism that
necessarily and admittedly depends upon the force of
a foreign nation is certainly worse. This is the
threatened fate of Jewish Nationalism and the
proposed Jewish State, surrounded inevitably by
Arab states and Arab peoples. Even a Jewish
majority in-- nay, even a transfer of all Palestine Arabs,
which is openly demanded by (Zionist) Revisionists--
would not substantially change a situation in which
Jews must either ask protection from an outside
power against their neighbors or effect a working
agreement with their neighbors… The Zionists, if
they continue to ignore the Mediterranean people
and watch out only for the big faraway powers, will
appear only as their tools, the agents of foreign and
hostile interests.
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