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World War I and its impact on antisemitism

World War I and its impact on antisemitism

Prof. Aviel Roshwald

Over the past weeks we have seen how major events and processes had a direct effect on the way Jews were treated and perceived and on the development of antisemitism. It is no surprise then that the tumultuous and violent years of the First World War and its aftermath would do the same.

How did the restructuring of Europe in the aftermath of the war change the perception and treatment of the Jews?

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  • Howard, Michael, The First World War: A Very Short Introduction (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007).

  • Mylonas, Harris, The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

  • Roshwald, Aviel, Ethnic Nationalism and the Fall of Empires: Central Europe, the Middle East and Russia 1914-23 (London: Routledge, 2002).‏

  • Rozenblit, Marsha L. and Jonathan Karp, eds., World War I and the Jews: Conflict and Transformation in Europe, the Middle East, and America (New York: Berghahn Books, 2017).

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