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Outstanding collection!, 26 Dec. 2001
Langmuir's collection of essays on antisemitism is of very high standard. As a student of history with a profound interest in the development of antisemitism I find this work to be indispensable, as indeed should any serious student of antisemitism. Langmuir's essays focuses on important aspects and certain episodes in the history of antisemitism, and he arrives at a useful and well-founded distinction between anti-judaism and antisemitism, that explains why, how and when we can employ the term antisemitism. It is also in this collection that one may find his well-researched essay on the emergence of the ritual murder accusation against the Jews.
In general this collection does much to explain the nature and character of (medieval) anti-semitism - not to mention how irrational fantasies about others and inherently ethnocentric beliefs are prone to create intolerance, hatred or racism against innocent groups of people in general. In this sense it is a book that we can all learn from, since it questions our own perceptions of "others". Thoroughly recommendable.