GOV 230 Comparative Politics Spring 2012
Paper #2 due April 26th in class
In an essay of roughly 1,500 words, typed, with one-inch margins, stapled or paper-clipped, address the following questions.
Explain Levy’s distinction between “Jew Hate” and antisemitism. How did Jews become associated with so-called “obnoxious” occupations such as money-lending, peddling, collecting rents, etc.? Why were Jews linked to Bolshevism (by such as Henry Ford, Woodrow Wilson, J. Edgar Hoover and Adolf Hitler)? What is Zionism? How did anti-semites find this movement “useful”? Explain how the themes discussed in Levy are reflected in the arguments of Henry Ford (in Levy), Achim Gercke, and Johann von Leers. How did the so-called “Jewish Doctors Plot” in the Soviet Union reflect key themes of antisemitism?
“The Soviet “Doctor’s Plot” Fifty Years On,” A. Mark Clarfield, British Medical Journal
Antisemitism in the Modern World, Richard Levy, ed.