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Jews and Race
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Many people think of Jews as victims of a particular sort of racism, not as active participants in the development of racial thinking in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Yet many Jews did take up racial discourse and used it to analyze Judaism, Jewish history, and the contemporary condition of world Jewry. Race discourse generated by Jews was in part apologetic, a response to racial antisemitism; however, it also served other political and ideological needs.

Focusing primarily on works written at the height of the racial hygiene and eugenics movements in Europe and North America, this diverse anthology shows how Jewish scholars and popular writers in Europe, North America, and Palestine developed racial interpretations of Judaism and Jewish history, thereby raising fascinating and thorny issues about the nature and history of racial discourse in Europe and America. Designed for class adoption, the volume contains annotations and an introduction by the editor.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Foreword
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. Jews and Race: An Introductory Essay
  2. pp. xiii-xxxix
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  1. Part I General Overviews
  2. p. 1
  1. 1 Racial Characteristics of Modern Jews
  2. pp. 3-11
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  1. 2 Reflections on the Jews
  2. pp. 12-20
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  1. 3 Preface from Jews, Race, and Environment
  2. pp. 21-23
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  1. 4 Jewish Race
  2. pp. 24-29
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  1. 5 On the Origins and Race of the Jews
  2. pp. 30-40
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  1. Part II Anthropology
  2. p. 41
  1. 6 Introduction to the Anthropological Study of the Jews
  2. pp. 43-52
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  1. 7 Entry on Anthropology from The Jewish Encyclopedia
  2. pp. 53-59
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  1. 8 The Jews as a Race
  2. pp. 60-70
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  1. 9 The Brain Weight of Jews
  2. pp. 71-75
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  1. 10 The Jewish Racial Problem
  2. pp. 76-80
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  1. 11 Anthropological Research on the Russian-Polish Jews, and the Value of This Research for the Anthropology of the Jews in General
  2. pp. 81-86
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  1. 12 Are the Jews a Race?
  2. pp. 87-93
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  1. Part III Medicine and Biology
  2. p. 95
  1. 13 The Comparative Pathology of the Jews
  2. pp. 97-114
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  1. 14 Contributions to the Jewish Racial Question
  2. pp. 115-121
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  1. 15 Heredity and the Jew
  2. pp. 122-129
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  1. 16 The “Nervousness” of the Jew
  2. pp. 130-136
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  1. 17 | The Problem of Tuberculosis among the Jews: A Racial and Socio-Pathological Study
  2. pp. 137-141
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  1. Part IV Society and Economy
  2. pp. 143-144
  1. 18 Is the Criminality of the Jews Racial Criminality?
  2. pp. 145-149
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  1. 19 Jews, Race, and Environment
  2. pp. 150-152
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  1. 20 Successes of the Jews in Capitalistic Enterprise
  2. pp. 153-155
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  1. Part V “Racial Mixing”
  2. p. 157
  1. 21 The Jewish Racial Question
  2. pp. 159-169
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  1. 22 The Mixed Marriage
  2. pp. 170-173
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  1. 23 Fertility in Mixed Marriages
  2. p. 174
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  1. 24 The Significance of the Mixed Marriage
  2. pp. 175-184
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  1. 25 Intermarriage between Jews and Christians
  2. pp. 185-188
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  1. Part VI Politics, Polemics, and Apologetics
  2. pp. 189-190
  1. 26 The So-Called Jewish Race
  2. pp. 191-202
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  1. 27 The Chosenness of the Jews in the Light of Biology
  2. pp. 203-209
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  1. 28 To Which Race Did Jesus Belong?
  2. pp. 210-217
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  1. 29 Foreword and Introduction from The Racial Problem, with Particular Attention Paid to the Theoretical Foundations of the Jewish Racial Question
  2. pp. 218-224
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  1. 31 Assimilation versus Zionism
  2. pp. 238-242
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  1. 32 “The Racial Identity of the Jews,” unsigned editorial from Die Welt
  2. pp. 243-245
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  1. 33 “On the Jewish Racial Question,” unsigned editorial from Die Welt
  2. pp. 246-249
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  1. 34 Concerning Racial Theory
  2. pp. 250-253
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  1. 35 The Jewish Racial Problem
  2. pp. 254-258
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  1. 36 Jews and Jewishness
  2. pp. 259-265
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  1. Suggestions for Further Reading
  2. pp. 267-268
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 269-281
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