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The Resistible Rise of Antisemitism: Exemplary Cases from Russia, Ukraine, and Poland
This is a brilliant and original interpretation of the various ways in which anti-Jewish sentiment and antisemitic Weltanschauung were used for popular mobilization, national legitimation, and the defense against liberal modernity. Engelstein notices every case of ambivalence, denial or hypocrisy, thus making her complex but easily read presentation illuminating for both readers interested in history and those who wish to better understand contemporary Eastern Europe.
—Shulamith Volkov, Tel Aviv University
Antisemitism is a transnational force, but so too is opposition to it. In these brilliant and lucid essays, Laura Engelstein considers moments in Russian, Ukrainian, and Polish history when antisemitism became a public liability for those who trafficked in it and illuminates the fragile political conditions that enabled the taboo. Elegantly written and soberly argued, The Resistible Rise of Antisemitism resonates powerfully today.
—Paul Hanebrink, Rutgers University
Celebrated as an historian who reads against the grain, Engelstein takes us beyond the horror of the Holocaust, back to the early decades of the twentieth century, into the political contests that mobilized populations for and against antisemitic violence. This is a consummate political history, finely tuned to the dilemmas of our present moment.
—Ben Nathans, University of Pennsylvania
Anyone interested in Jewish or Eastern European history will find this book a stimulating and valuable read.
—CHOICE, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries
Laura Engelstein is professor emerita of History at Princeton University and Henry S. McNeil Professor Emerita of Russian History at Yale University. Known for her work on the political and cultural history of modern Russia, she has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy. She lives in New York City and Chicago.