FREDRICKSON RACISM A SHORT HISTORY PDF

Read preview Synopsis ""Racism: A Short History" is an original synthesis of the important historical writings on racial belief systems. In this clearly written book, George Fredrickson is the first scholar to systematically examine and compare the two most dominant forms of Western racism--antisemitism and white supremacy. It is an insightful work that will be widely discussed and cited by historians and social scientists alike. In doing so, he has written a penetrating analysis that commands our close and serious attention.

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Shelves: history , non-fiction , race , social-issues Not quite what I expected it to be, this book defined racism much more narrowly than is typical in public discoursea system in which a hierarchy is created between different groups by official means i. As such, the book claims that the term really only applies to a few specific instances of history: primarily the US South up until the civil rights era, Germany from the nineteenth century to the end of WWII, and South Africa.

The exploration of the origins and nature of bigotry against Africans and Jews was very interesting. Interesting to see how that fact, and some of the rationalizations for that came via Islamic cultures. Also very interesting to learn of the peculiar nature of antisemitism in Germany. There was also a very interesting, of brief, exploration of how much culpability for the holocaust must be shared by Germany in general rather than just the maxi leaders.

An interesting and, given the seeming rise of at least a strain of xenophobia in US and world politics, perhaps very timely read. In its early days, many used racism as a justification for slavery. The Curse of Haam, was a story tarnished skin taken from the old testament and randomly applied to the people of West Africa.

Fredickson separates two kinds of racism, that of White Supremacy inclusion and of Antisemitism exclusion.

He details how these grew over time from Fredrickson brilliantly breaks down the history of racism, from its arrival in the modern world in Spain to the current struggles of African-Americans. Fredrickson demonstrates how the rise of German Nationalism contributed to the rise of exclusionist policies and eventually to the racism of the Third Reich. The ideology of social Darwinism spread across the world in 18th and 19 centuries and its effect on modern society is still seen today.

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Racism: A Short History

In this clearly written book, George Fredrickson is the first scholar to systematically examine and compare the two most dominant forms of Western racism--antisemitism and white supremacy. It is an insightful work that will be widely discussed and cited by historians and social scientists alike. In doing so, he has written a penetrating analysis that commands our close and serious attention. Jordon, University of Mississippi, author of White Over Black "Finally we have a concise, clear, and authoritative overview of the history of racism. Covering all forms of Western racism in the modern world, this volume provides a comparative context for our teaching and research about race and racism. Gilman, Director, The Humanities Laboratory, University of Illinois, Chicago, author of Making the Body Beautiful "Like a searchlight in the fog, this book picks out both the persistent and the changing meanings of racism as an idea and a set of practices among people of European derivation across several centuries.

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Racism : A Short History

Shelves: history , non-fiction , race , social-issues Not quite what I expected it to be, this book defined racism much more narrowly than is typical in public discoursea system in which a hierarchy is created between different groups by official means i. As such, the book claims that the term really only applies to a few specific instances of history: primarily the US South up until the civil rights era, Germany from the nineteenth century to the end of WWII, and South Africa. The exploration of the origins and nature of bigotry against Africans and Jews was very interesting. Interesting to see how that fact, and some of the rationalizations for that came via Islamic cultures.

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