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---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: TDK <firstname.lastname@example.org> > ---------- Forwarded message ---------- > From: "Elizabeth A. Ten Dyke, Ph.D." <email@example.com> > > I am reading volume I of Leon Poliakov's _The History of Anti-Semitism_ > (Vanguard, 1976). The book is interesting and informative. I am wondering > how Poliakov's work is viewed today by experts in the field. Is there > anyone who could comment on the extent to which Poliakov is, or is not, > still considered an authoritative source?? > > Thanks for the gudance, > > Liz Ten Dyke Like most specialist historians, Poliakov tends to focus on specific aspects of his field. In particular, his interests tended towards presenting the ideas and ideologies generating Antisemitism rather detailing the persecutions themselves. As a polymath - he was highly conversant with anthropology, sociology and psychology - Poliakov's analyses ranged widely indeed, possibly too widely for those requiring just the usual historical chronicle. He was certainly well considered during his lifetime, being awarded the Prix Weil (France) and the Anisfield-Wolf Award (USA). Amongst other notable achievements, the French government commissioned him to translate Gestapo archives and appointed him to the French delegation to Nuremberg. In my estimation, Poliakov may be more suitable for those already conversant with Antisemitism who wish to broaden their knowledge of its ideological bases. His magnum opus, the five volume "History of Antisemitism", was completed in 1994 after 40 years of research. That, of course, means that earlier volumes were written without the benefit of much information that only became available in subsequent decades. As a final vignette, my copy of Volume IV of his "History of Antisemitism. Suicidal Europe, 1870-1933" has a picture of a burning synagogue of its dust cover. Small print inside the jacket states that this conflagration occurred in Berlin during Kristallnacht (November, 1938). We all know that history, like everything else, can become obsolete, but this is the first time I realised that history can occur before it actually happened. Tom Kramer