By Robert S. Wistrich

ISBN-10: 1588368998

ISBN-13: 9781588368997

In this remarkable paintings twenty years within the making, major historian Robert S. Wistrich examines the lengthy and unsightly historical past of anti-Semitism, from the 1st recorded pogrom in 38 BCE to its surprising and common resurgence right now. As no different publication has performed ahead of it, A deadly Obsession finds the reasons in the back of this shameful and protracted type of hatred and provides a sobering examine the way it may possibly shake and reshape the area in years to come.

Here are the interesting and long-forgotten roots of the "Jewish difference"—the violence that greeted the Jewish Diaspora in first-century Alexandria. Wistrich means that the belief of a formless God who handed down a common ethical legislation to a selected few deeply disconcerted the pagan global. The early leaders of Christianity elevated their power through portray those "superior" Jews as a cosmic and satanic evil, and by the point of the Crusades, murdering a "Christ killer" had turn into an act of moral sense. relocating seamlessly via centuries of conflict and dissidence, A deadly Obsession powerfully portrays the construction of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the fateful anti-Semitic tract commissioned by means of Russia's tsarist mystery police on the finish of the 19th century—and the prediction through Theodor Herzl, Austrian founding father of political Zionism, of eventual catastrophe for the Jews in Europe.The 20th century fulfilled this darkish prophecy, with the frightening ascent of Hitler's 3rd Reich. but, as Wistrich disturbingly indicates, the tip of worldwide conflict II didn't neutralize the "Judeophobic virus": Pogroms and prejudice endured in Soviet-controlled territories and within the Arab-Muslim international that may fan flames for brand spanking new a long time of mistrust, malice, and violence.Here, in pointed and devastating aspect, is our personal global, one within which jihadi terrorists and the novel left blame Israel for all international ills. In his concluding chapters, Wistrich warns of a potential nuclear "Final Solution" by the hands of Iran, a land during which a previously wealthy Jewish neighborhood has declined in either fortunes and freedoms.Dazzling in scope and erudition, A deadly Obsession is a riveting masterwork of investigative nonfiction, the definitive paintings in this unsettling but crucial topic. it's destined to turn into an crucial resource for any scholar of global affairs.

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The future as object of dialectical thought, the attempt to grasp it by way of the dialectic, to make the future the measure of judgement of the past and present go far beyond Fichte's philosophy of history39. To the extent that the term is applicable, therefore, Cieszkowski's Fichteanism would seem to refer primarily to his - perhaps unsuccessful- attempt to overcome Hegel's contemplativeness. Certainly, this attempt can be viewed as a first expression of the Young Hegelians' inchoate urge to break out of the contemplative life and their re-direction from theoretical to practical reason.

Dismissing his comments as bavardage he casually mentioned one subject among 30 CHAPTER I others which particularly interested him. This would be a "Dialectic of History ... a sort of philosophy of history". It would also be a critique of Hegel but 'its germ and base would belong to (Hegel's) system,,108. There was no hurry about this, however; he would perhaps wait for Mr. Gans to finish his edition of Hegel's lectures on the subject. Nevertheless, Cieszkowski continued, "I have a sort of predilection for this subject" 109.

To examine the proper nature of humanity, to determine the laws of its progress, to recognize the appearances of this progress in history, to evaluate the road already covered in relation to the road yet to come, finally, to define the periods of this 34 CHAPTER II continuous formation along with the proper characteristics of its content; these make up the realization of elements established virtualiter in humanity (pzH, p. 12). What proof does Cieszkowski offer for his assertions regarding cognition of the future?

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