Presented by Paris Papamichos Chronakis, University of Illinois at Chicago.
In scholarly and lay circles today, anti-Zionism is commonly perceived as the most recent variant of a resurgent, bi-partisan antisemitism. Such a presentist view, however, obscures its much longer and variegated history. This talk unearths the widespread Christian hostility to Zionism in interwar Greece and links it to Liberal politics, anti-Slavic anxieties, minority policies, and authoritarian state-building. Anti-Zionism was the prevalent form of anti-Jewish hatred in Greece, but its popularity was less a clear sign of time-honored traditional Judeophobia or resurgent racist antisemitism and more an indication of a broader, state-endorsed anxiety about the place and management of ethnic difference in a modernizing Greece.
This event is sponsored by the Departments of History, Classics, and History of Art and The Global Mobility Project at Ohio State.
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