The question of whether anti-Semitism is a transitory phenomenon, appearing randomly in Western history, or whether it reflects a deep seated tradition inherent in Western culture has been often debated. This volume traces the image of the Jew and the attitudes toward the Jew over the past two thousand years, from the Roman Empire to the reunification of Germany, showing the consistent pattern of anti-Semitism in Western societies. With essays on the religious, social, political, and economic origins of European and American anti- Semitism, as well as some Jewish responses, this volume is the most wide-ranging history of anti-Semitism ever compiled.
Contributors to this volume include Nicholas de Lange, Cambridge University; Pinchas Hachoen Peli, University of the Negev; David Menashri, Tel Aviv University; Bernard Lewis, Princeton University (retired); Liliane Weissberg, University of Pennsylvania; and Jeremy Cohen, Ohio State University.
"Anti-Semitism in Times of Crisis is an important and urgent contribution to the understanding of what has been called the oldest group prejudice in history. Sander L. Gilman and Steven T. Katz are to be congratulated for showing the reader how hatred can be contagious, destructive, and self-destructive." ~Elie Wiesel
"[A] useful and enlightening set of studies which adds new insights, even to those who have read much of the vast literature of anti-Semitism." ~Arthur Hertzberg
"Explains the past and current relevance of the Jew as a symbol. . . multi-dimensional and innovative. A very important contribution to our understanding of a vexing problem." ~Jehuda Reinharz,Brandeis University