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The Modernity of OthersJewish Anti-Catholicism in Germany and France$
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Ari Joskowicz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804787024

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804787024.001.0001

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Antisemitism, Anti-Catholicism, and Anticlericalism

Antisemitism, Anti-Catholicism, and Anticlericalism

(p.27) One Antisemitism, Anti-Catholicism, and Anticlericalism
The Modernity of Others

Ari Joskowicz

Stanford University Press

Chapter One points to the historical and structural connections between modern antisemitism and anti-Catholicism. Starting with the first history of post-biblical Jews published in 1707 by Jacques Basnage as part of his polemics against Catholics, interest in Jews and Catholics was inextricably linked. Tracing this entanglement from works of Enlightenment thinkers like Voltaire, though nineteenth-century authors such as Eugène Sue, Gustav Freytag, to Protestant antisemites’ campaigns against “Judah and Rome,” this chapter shows how Jews and Catholics often became related symbols in Europeans’ visions of the ceremonious practice of religion that modern civilization had to overcome. Against the grain of current scholarship on antisemitism, this chapter shows that antisemitism and anti-Catholicism cannot be understood in isolation from one another.

Keywords:   Anti-Semitism, anti-Catholicism, anticlericalism, Enlightenment, German liberalism, French history, German history, romanticism, liberalism, post-biblical Jewish history

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