Tears of History: The Rise of Political Antisemitism in the United States

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Columbia University Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.9 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Pierre Birnbaum is a historian and political sociologist who is professor emeritus at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. His books in English include Paths of Emancipation: Jews, States, and Citizenship (coedited with Ira Katznelson, 1995), Jewish Destinies: Citizenship, State, and Community in Modern France (2000), The Anti-Semitic Moment: A Tour of France in 1898 (2011), and Léon Blum: Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist (2015).

Karen Santos Da Silva teaches French language and literature at Barnard College and is a professional translator who specializes in literary scholarship.
With characteristic understanding, learning, and historical range, Pierre Birnbaum compellingly illuminates central aspects--past and present--of the American Jewish experience. Tears of History provocatively chronicles how antistate white supremacist insurgencies have come to target Jews, transforming prior circumstances in which political antisemitism had proved incapable in the United States to a situation Birnbaum compares to the status of Jews in Weimar Germany and Dreyfus-era France.--Ira Katznelson, author of Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time
In this chilling book, we get a message from a distinguished scholar of French Jewish history that we may now have entered a dangerous new age. Birnbaum asks readers to contemplate a sea change that seems to be happening in American life, which portends that antisemitism, once absent from the political realm, may be now rearing its ugly head. His history of fringe antisemitism in the American past is well worth reading as we contemplate both present and future.--Hasia R. Diner, author ofImmigration: An American History
As the leading Jewish historian in France, Birnbaum offers a French perspective on Jewish-American history that compares American antisemitism to its European counterpart. In the process, he calls many myths--including that of American exceptionalism--into question. This interesting, provocative book is more sophisticated than recent books on antisemitism and explores a subject of great contemporary relevance.--Maurice Samuels, author of The Betrayal of the Duchess