Racism: A Short History

George M. Fredrickson, Author
George M. Fredrickson, Author Princeton University Press $41 (224p) ISBN 978-0-691-00899-8
Reviewed on: 03/01/2002
Release date: 03/01/2002
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An erudite comparison of racism and anti-Semitism throughout Western history, George M. Fredrickson's amazingly concise Racism: A Short History explains how medieval anti-Semitism influenced the racist rationalization of the African slave trade; shows how the Enlightenment and Romanticism opened up new avenues for thinking about Jews and slaves; and contrasts American Jim Crow laws, Nazi Germany's Aryan nation and South African apartheid. A U.S. history professor at Stanford and co-director of the Research Institute for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Fredrickson offers a scholarly but compelling and accessible narrative. (May)
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