Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England – Anthony Julius – Order now

julius“This is an essential history and so it’s fortunate it has been written by a man with the extraordinary fluency, staggering erudition, scholarly integrity, intellectual acumen, and moral discernment of Anthony Julius.” –Philip Roth

“Part history of an irrational hatred, part forensic analysis of a sophistical lie, part literary criticism – for, as Anthony Julius shows, anti-Semitism is a species of fantastical literature, all figure of speech, misquotation and fancy – this exhilarating work nails a defamation which, to humanity’s discredit, persists to this hour. Indispensable.” –Howard Jacobson

“Anthony Julius has produced a brilliant and readable account of a shameful stain on the national reputation. The best dissection I’ve seen of Britain’s oldest and least acknowledged racial prejudice.” –Nick Cohen

“Writing against a backdrop of rising violence and abuse directed at English Jews and the State of Israel, Anthony Julius insightfully and passionately traces antisemitism’s abject history in England from the medieval period until today. This eminently readable book is thoroughly researched and nuanced, and its take on contemporary antisemitism is a true tour de force.” –Jehuda Reinharz, Richard Koret Professor of Modern Jewish History and President, Brandeis University

Trials of the Diaspora is a ground-breaking book that offers the first ever comprehensive history of anti-Semitism in England. Anthony Julius identifies four distinct versions of English anti-Semitism, which he then proceeds to investigate in detail. The first is the anti-Semitism of medieval England, a radical prejudice of defamation, expropriation, and murder, which culminated in 1290, the year of Edward I’s expulsion of the Jews from England, after which there were no Jews left to torment. The second major strand is literary anti-Semitism: an anti-Semitic account of Jews continuously present in the discourse of English literature, from the anonymous medieval ballad “Sir Hugh, or the Jew’s Daughter” through Shakespeare to T. S. Eliot and beyond. Thirdly, Julius addresses modern anti-Semitism, a quotidian anti-Semitism of insult and partial exclusion, pervasive but contained, experienced by Jews from their “readmission” to England in the mid-17th century through to the late 20th century. The final chapters then deal with contemporary anti-Semitism, a new configuration of anti-Zionisms, emerging in the late 1960s and the 1970s, which treats Zionism and the State of Israel as illegitimate Jewish enterprises. It is this final perspective which, in Julius’s opinion, now constitutes the greatest threat to Anglo-Jewish security and morale. This book, the first history of its kind, is sure to provoke much comment and debate, and comes as a timely reminder that English culture has been in no way immune to anti-Semitism – and in certain ways is still not to this day.

Pre-order today for the reduced price of £17.50 in hardback on Amazon.co.uk

 

 

6 Responses to “Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England – Anthony Julius – Order now”

  1. Michael Ezra Says:

    I have ordered a copy which I look forward to receiving.

  2. Absolute Observer Says:

    It looksd like AJ may have to put an addendum in his study.
    This is from the latest mailout by Jjfp. If it looks familiar, it is because it is copied from the programme makers and Channel 4.

    a) Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby – Monday 16 November, Channel 4, 8.00 pm

    “Dispatches investigates one of the most powerful and influential political lobbies in Britain, which is working in support of the interests of the State of Israel. Despite wielding great influence among the highest realms of British politics and media, little is known about the individuals and groups which constitute the pro-Israel lobby. Political commentator Peter Oborne sets out to establish who they are, how they are funded, how they work and what influence they have, from the key groups to the wealthy individuals who help bankroll the lobbying.He investigates how accountable, transparent and open to scrutiny this process is, particularly in regard to its funding and the financial support of MPs.The pro-Israel lobby aims to shape the debate about Britain’s relationship with Israel and future foreign policies.Oborne examines how the lobby operates from within parliament and the tactics it employs behind the scenes when engaging with print and broadcast media.”

    Not for the first time, jjfp uncritically buys into any racist crap for no other reason that as in the case of old wine in new bottles, the words “Israel” and “Zionist” replace “Jew” and “International Jewry”.

    And then these jokers have the temerity to wonder why they not only remain marginal to the mainstream community and its institutions, but at the same time, give the pursuit of justice in the Middle East a bad name.

    No wonder jjfp find it easier to blame that same community and institutions for silencing them. It can’t be because the Lobby thesis is antisemitic now can it? It can only be that they are mind controlled by the Elders of the Board of Deputies.

    After all, why should Jews not remain open minded about programmes that claim that they, or their brethren, control the media in Britain?

    And, yes, I know there is a pro-Israel Lobby who lobbies on behalf of the right in Israel, but that’s not what the programme is about. It’s about Jews pulling strings behind the scenes – get it!

    (n.b. a news item above is titled, “a) Lobby MPs and prospective candidates during November” – jjfp’s lack of irony is truly breathtaking).

    a) Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby – Monday 16 November, Channel 4, 8.00 pm

    Dispatches investigates one of the most powerful and influential political lobbies in Britain, which is working in support of the interests of the State of Israel. Despite wielding great influence among the highest realms of British politics and media, little is known about the individuals and groups which constitute the pro-Israel lobby. Political commentator Peter Oborne sets out to establish who they are, how they are funded, how they work and what influence they have, from the key groups to the wealthy individuals who help bankroll the lobbying.He investigates how accountable, transparent and open to scrutiny this process is, particularly in regard to its funding and the financial support of MPs.The pro-Israel lobby aims to shape the debate about Britain’s relationship with Israel and future foreign policies.Oborne examines how the lobby operates from within parliament and the tactics it employs behind the scenes when engaging with print and broadcast media.

  3. Mark Says:

    Is it true that, as the Amazon site says, the book is not for delivery (and so presumably not published) until March 2010?

  4. Review: Anthony Julius’ “Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England” [Part One] | The Occidental Observer - White Identity, Interests, and Culture Says:

    [...] its scholarly merit and more to do with a great deal of ethnic networking. For example, Philip Roth labelled Julius’ 827-page literary tumbleweed “an essential history” written by a man with [...]


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