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Philosemitism
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The term ‘philosemitism’ was coined as an antonym of antisemitism; unlike the latter term, however, it does not reflect a clearly definable ideology. Historically it took a great variety of forms, sharing only the common element of a positive attitude towards Jews and Judaism, or being used as a battle cry to allege such an attitude. Especially in modern usage, ‘philosemitism’ can also be meant negatively within a variety of arguments; it can be directed, for …

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Heil, Johannes, “Philosemitism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025521>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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