School of History

HST7405 - Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust

A detailed look at the development of anti-Semitism in Europe.

Module code: HST7405

Credits: 30

Modern European Jewish history has for centuries been profoundly affected by anti-Semitism. This has influenced Jewish life in legal, social, economic, cultural and intellectual spheres from the middle ages until today.

The study of anti-Semitism is crucial for our understanding of the wider social and cultural context of Jewish history in Modern Europe.

This module will trace the development of anti-Semitism in Modern Europe. You will explore this through its historical transformation under the impact of secularisation, the rise of nationalism and racial theories.

You will compare the history of anti-Semitism in different European countries, but the emphasis will be on the role of anti-Semitism in the Third Reich.

You will survey the development of historical writing and the interpretation of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, and will address forms of secular and religious anti-Semitism since the Holocaust.