Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction: The Roots of Modern Racism

    1. Neil MacMaster
      Pages 1-27
  3. 1870–1914

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Neil MacMaster
      Pages 31-57
    3. Neil MacMaster
      Pages 58-85
    4. Neil MacMaster
      Pages 86-114
  4. 1914–1945

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-116
    2. Neil MacMaster
      Pages 117-139
    3. Neil MacMaster
      Pages 140-165
  5. 1945–2000

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-168
    2. Neil MacMaster
      Pages 190-208
    3. Neil MacMaster
      Pages 209-223
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 225-248

About this book


The study of modern racism has tended to treat anti-Semitism and anti-black racism as separate and unconnected phenomena. This innovative study argues that a full understanding of the origins and development of racism in Europe after 1870 needs to examine the structure and interrelationships between the two dominant forms of prejudice. Contrary to expectation. anti-black racism was not confined to the colonial maritime nations of western Europe, but pepetrated even the rural societies of central and eastern Europe. Likewise, anti-Semitism could flourish even in the almost total absence of Jews.

MacMaster explores the conditions under which modern political movements, faced with the crisis of modernity, began to draw upon and mobilise the negative stereotypes that, through the development of the mass media, had become almost universal features of popular culture. By weaving together the changing spatial and temporal dimensions of anti-Semitic and anti-black prejudice the study provides a fresh and more global framework for understanding modern racism.


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About the authors

NEIL MACMASTER is Senior Lecturer in European Politics at the University of East Anglia.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Racism in Europe 1870–2000
  • Authors Neil MacMaster
  • Editors Jeremy Black
  • Series Title European Culture and Society
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2001
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-71119-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-71120-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4039-4033-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 248
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Ethnicity Studies
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