Review from previous edition: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)
Julius's book is... the gold standard work on the subject of English antisemitism. (David Aaronovitch , The Jewish Chronicle, 17/06/2010)
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)
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)
A meticulous survey of an aspect of English life that can scarcely fail to discomfit modern readers. (Max Hastings, Sunday Times)
Writing against a backdrop of rising violence and abuse directed at English Jews and the State of Israel, Anthony Julius insightfully and passionately traces antisemitism's abject history in England from the medieval period until today. This eminently readable book is thoroughly researched and nuanced, and its take on contemporary antisemitism is a true tour de force. (Jehuda Reinharz, Richard Koret Professor of Modern Jewish History and President, Brandeis University)
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)
About the Author
Anthony Julius is the author of several books, including T. S. Eliot: anti-Semitism and Literary Form and is engaged in various political, legal, anti-anti-Semitic activities. 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 was a founder and first Chairman of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.