Antisemitism: From the Age of Tacitus to the Age of Trump

History 280B/285B

Spring 2018
Section: 
5
Instructor: 
Location: 
2303 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Th 10-12
Units: 
4

Hatred of Jews and Judaism is an enduring prejudice. Its chronological limitlessness is matched by its apparent lack of geographical boundaries. We will chart that history and Jewish responses to it from the age of Tacitus to the age of Trump. Among the themes we will examine are the old forms of religious anti-Judaism, the many medieval charges brought against Jews, the iconography of antisemitism, as well as modern, racist antisemitism and the myriad conspiracy theories about Jews that still grip the fevered imagination of antisemites. Throughout the course we will pay attention to the multiple ways Jews and Judaism have been used throughout history by religious and social critics to describe their own disaffection with the age in which they lived.

  • 280B: Class #41556
  • 285B: Class #25034