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Old Demons, New Debates: Anti-Semitism in the West

David I. Kertzer, editor
Old Demons, New Debates: Anti-Semitism in the West
ISBN: 978-0-8419-1439-1
2005/219 pages/LC: 2005009947
Distributed for Holmes & Meier Publishers

"A useful and well-organized survey. It should be part of any collection dealing with contemporary Judaism."—AJL Newsletter


National Jewish Book Awards Finalist!

Old Demons, New Debates offers a provocative new view of the recent upsurge of anti-Semitism in the West. The authors show how today's anti-Semitism draws on older forms of hatred toward Jews while being fueled by both anti-American and anti-Zionist sentiments—and how, far from being the exclusive province of the ignorant and unlettered, it is nourished by intellectuals and other elites. They pay particular attention to the situation in Europe and the United States.


David I. Kertzer is professor of anthropology and history at Brown University.


  • Old Demons, New Debates—L. Wieseltier.
  • The New Anti-Semitism: Genealogy and Implications—O. Bartov.
  • The End of Politics—M. Lilla.
  • Zionism and Anti-Semitism—H. Halkin.
  • Israel, Globalization, and Anti-Semitism in Europe—F. Nirenstein.
  • Anti-Semitism and the English Intelligentsia—A. Julius.
  • Playground for Jihad? The Case of Great Britain—R.S. Wistrich.
  • The Retreat of the Strong State and the New Anti-Semitic Mobilization in France—P. Birnbaum
  • Esau Can Change, but Will We Notice?—K. Gebert.
  • Telling the Past Anew: Recent Polish Debates on Anti-Semitism—J. Anders.
  • Anti-Semitism in the Spanish-Speaking World—E. Krauze.
  • Anti-Semitism and the Vatican Today—D.I. Kertzer.
  • Holocaust Denial—D. Lipstadt.
  • Anti-Semitism in the United States—N. Glazer.
  • The Globalization of Anti-Semitism—D.J. Goldhagen.