- Hardcover: 870 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford; First Edition edition (25 Feb. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199297053
- ISBN-13: 978-0199297054
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 5.3 x 16.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 555,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England Hardcover – 25 Feb 2010
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His book 'Trials of the Diaspora' is magisterial...No Judaica library should be without it. (Jeremy Rosen, Jewish Telegraph)
A torrent of primary-source material. (Diarmaid MacCulloch, London Review of Books)
Julius...is nothing if not a superb rhetorician. (Diarmaid MacCulloch, London Review of Books)
Anthony Julius' erudite and scholarly work will prove indispensable in the struggle against this form of racial prejudice. (David Harounoff, Tribune Magazine)
A strong, sombre book on an appalling subject. (Harold Bloom, New York Review of Books)
Julius is a truth-teller...I am grateful for his calm balance...[and his] extraordinary moral strength. (Harold Bloom, New York Review of Books)
Luminous and comprehensive history. (Scholars for Peace in the Middle East)
A scholarly and judicious history of Britannia's version of that most lethal form of nonsense called antisemitism.
No thoughtful person who wants to have an opinion about anything Jewish...can avoid reading this book. (David Cesa rni, BBC History Magazine)
Excellent book. (Jonathan Wright, The Tablet)
An elegantly written, well-researched survey of England's anti-sematic urges...masterful...poignant, insightful stuff. (Jonathan Wright, The Tablet)
A magisterial work about the history of anti-Semitism in Britain that will surely have a major impact and be widely discussed. (William Rubinstein, Standpoint)
'Trials of the Diaspora' reveals him to be an historian of great ability who has produced a magisterial work. (William Rubenstein, Standpoint)
Wonderful... immensely learned... observant and shrewd. (Joanathan Sumpton, Spectator)
An excellent autobiographical essay in which Julius recalls the distasteful reaction to his appointment as lawyer to Diana. (Jonathan Beckman, New Statesman)
Julius writes with unrivalled authority. (James Shapiro, Financial Times)
This is an essential history and so it's fortunate it has been written by a man with the extraordinary fluency, staggering erudition, scholarly integrity, intellectual acumen, and moral discernment of Anthony Julius. (Philip Roth)
Part history of an irrational hatred, part forensic analysis of a sophistical lie, part literary criticism - for, as Anthony Julius shows, anti-Semitism is a species of fantastical literature, all figure of speech, misquotation and fancy - this exhilarating work nails a defamation which to humanity's discredit, persists to this hour. Indispensible. (Howard Jacobson)
Anthony Julius has produced a brilliant and readable account of a shameful stain on the national reputation. The best dissection I've seen of Britain's oldest and least acknowledged racial prejudice. (Nick Cohen)
Fiercely relevant history (Ihsan Taylor, New York Times)
Trials of the Diaspora is a well-organized and well-written book ... Anthony Julius has provided important material for future debate on both the historical and the ongoing relationship of English people to the Jews. (Frank Felsenstein, Jewish Quarterly Review)
About the Author
Anthony Julius is Deputy Chairman of the commercial law firm Mishcon de Reya, specializing in litigation law. He is also Chairman of the London Consortium, a Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College, University of London, and Vice-President of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. The author of several books, including T. S. Eliot: anti-Semitism and Literary Form, he is engaged in various political, legal, anti-anti-Semitic activities.
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Top Customer Reviews
Although Julius had made a study of English literary anti-Semitism as a student at University, it is in describing this that his theme becomes weakest. He is mistaken, for example, in saying that Chaucer's (blood libel) Prioress' Tale is followed by an 'Arthurian tale told by the Wife of Bath'.Read more ›
Anthony Julius's book is a nuanced, witty and clear history of this subject. Without being alarmist he shows just how important English antisemitism is, despite its apparent lack of success, and why the recent upsurge is important. This will become the standard work on the subject.
Contrast to David Niremberg Anti Judaism The History of a Way of Thinking.
For Julius Anti-Judaism is not an "ism", Anti Judaism surface from time to time without constituting a way of explaining History.
For Niremberg Anti Judaism has become part of the Western and Muslim World way of interpreting History, it has metamorphoses from a religious dogma to a "rationalist", racist and today predominantly political.
Today after 70 years since the last and most devastating of anti-Jewish persecutions to be an anti-Jewish is not perceived as illegitimate as it was in the shadows of the killing fields of Europe. Jews are once again perceive, by some, as a people with a an "agenda" The old stereotype are once again sipping through.
I tend to view Niremberg explanation somehow more explanatory .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Despite mostly 'gushing' tributes from fellow Jews in Amazon's Review section, this is a poor book. I read all 588 pages closely (and made a précis), finding it a magnum... Read morePublished 14 months ago by bill
Anthony Julius is not only a successful lawyer, but also a literary critic, this is an academic discipline with which I am not familiar, and the difference between that and and the... Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2014 by Mr. Roger Eden
Wouldn't common sense indicate that if so many people and institutions over the millennia found some aspects of Jewish/Israeli behavior and beliefs objectionable (as described ad... Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2013 by Luther
The product arrived much earlier than expected, in first-class condition. Thoroughly recommend this source.Published on 6 Sept. 2010 by Edinburgh reader.
The analysis of historical anti-semitism is well researched and thoughtful. However the book is ruined for me by equating hostility and criticism of Israel with anti-semitism. Read morePublished on 23 July 2010 by N. Rogall
I bought this book mainly to see Julius' analysis of The Merchant of Venice in particular and William Shakespeare in general. Read morePublished on 22 July 2010 by Mr. Leong Wai Hong
Anthony Julius has drawn a misleadingly one-sided picture of the Jewish experience in England, at least in relation to recent history. Read morePublished on 23 May 2010 by A. H. Esterson
Given that little untoward has befallen the Jewish community in England since 1290, the idea of devoting an entire book to the history of anti-semitism in England seems a bit... Read morePublished on 7 April 2010 by G. Noel
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