History of Antisemitism II: Dawn of the Enlightenment to the Present
This course surveys the causes — religious, political, socioeconomic, social psychological, and intellectual — of antisemitism and its manifestations, from the dawn of the Enlightenment in the closing decades of the seventeenth century until the present day. Students gain insights into the theories explaining and defining this phenomenon, its historical development and major occurrences, the impact it has had, and Jewish responses. A variety of theories seeking to account for antisemitism will be explored and students will consider why a study of antisemitism is important both within and beyond the Jewish community. The course covers antisemitism in both western and Islamic civilizations.