In Greco-Roman times, Judeans were already considered outsiders and were often mocked or depicted in derogatory terms. Although this was true of many conquered people, in the case of Jewry that attitude was taken up in the Early Church and was turned into a theological category. When various medieval folk superstitions and economic tensions were added in, classical medieval antisemitism took shape. This whole tradition then underwent a radical transformation in the nineteenth century with the emergence of race science. Today we are witnessing a revival of this racial science and its contemporary expressions in some forms of Islamic nationalism and in our country in rising White Supremacy. This course aims to explicate the various contours of this long and complex tradition.
Fee covers both Senior Scholars Tuesdays courses: Twenty-First Century Anti-Semitism and Its Origins AND The Growth of Illiberal Democracy in Poland and Hungary.