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Economic Antisemitism

Economic Antisemitism

Prof. Pierre Birnbaum

We have discussed how, following the rise of Capitalism and Socialism in the 19th century, Jews became increasingly identified with each of these systems.

What happened to these perceptions during the interwar period – a time of growing economic strife and instability?


  • Birnbaum, Pierre, Anti-Semitism in France: A Political History from Léon Blum to the Present, trans. by Miriam Kochan (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1992).

  • Birnbaum, Pierre, Léon Blum: Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015).

  • Penslar, Derek, Shylock’s Children: Economics and Jewish Identity in Modern Europe Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001).

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