Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth

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Harvard University Press
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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.9 inches | 2.2 pounds

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About the Author
Magda Teter is an Associate Professor of History at Wesleyan University. She is the author of Jews and Heretics in Catholic Poland: A Beleaguered Church in the Post-Reformation Era (2006). Her articles on Polish Jewish history have appeared in Jewish History, AJS Review, Kwartalnik Żydowski, Sixteenth Century Journal, and Gal-ed. Her research has been supported by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Koret Foundation, YIVO Institute, and the Yad Hanadiv Foundation (Israel), among others. She directs the Early Modern Workshop project.
An intellectual tour de force. This authoritative study of the blood libel and its ramifications in early modern Europe will become a classic.--Ronnie Po-Chia Hsia, author of Trent 1475: Stories of a Ritual Murder Trial
A work of wide-ranging research, great insight, and remarkable erudition. This will be the definitive book on blood libel for a long time to come, equally important for readers of Jewish history and Christian history in early modern Europe.--Larry Wolff, author of Inventing Eastern Europe: The Map of Civilization on the Mind of the Enlightenment
In this deeply researched and meticulously argued book, Magda Teter offers the first comprehensive study of the origins and afterlife of one of the most virulent and harmful of all anti-Jewish accusations. But Blood Libel is far more than a narrative history. By highlighting the central role of printed books, broadsheets, and images in the dissemination of the libel, Teter illuminates the mechanisms by which hate can be generated, and offers a powerful and sobering lesson for our own time.--Sara Lipton, author of Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Semitic Iconography
[A] magisterial account of the blood libel and its origins.--Geoffrey Alderman"Times Higher Education" (02/27/2020)
Reads like a high-end crime novel; it's a page-turner that the reader will have difficulty putting down...The conceit of the book is that how and why the libelous stories of ritual murder were spread across Europe, using new broadcast technologies, were as significant--perhaps more so--than the blood libel incidents themselves.--Jerome A. Chanes"New York Jewish Week" (03/31/2020)