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A History of Antisemitism in Canada

By Ira Robinson, Ph.D
Subjects History, Canadian History, Jewish Studies
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Paperback : 9781771121668, 300 pages, August 2015
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771121682, 300 pages, October 2015
Audiobook : 9781771125314, September 2022
Ebook (PDF) : 9781771121675, 300 pages, December 2015

Table of contents

Table of Contents for A History of Antisemitism in Canada by Ira Robinson
Part I: Introduction
Chapter 1 Defining Antisemitism: Jews and Non-Jews in Historical Perspective
Chapter 2 Jews in the Cultures of the Medieval and Early Modern French and English
Part II: Canada and the Jews: Early Encounters (1759-1914)
Chapter 3 Jews in the Consciousness of Canadians in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Chapter 4 The Jewish Problem Comes to Canada
Part III: Jews and Canadian Society (1914-1945)
Chapter 5 Social and Institutional Antisemitism in Canada
Chapter 6 The Spectre of Europe: Nazism and Communism
Part IV: Postwar Canada (1945-present)
Chapter 7 Canada and Antisemitism in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century
Chapter 8 The Holocaust and Its Deniers
Chapter 9 Zionism and Israel
Chapter 10 Perspectives on Antisemitism in Twenty-First-Century Canada


This state-of-the-art account gives readers the tools to understand why antisemitism is such a controversial subject. It acquaints readers with the ambiguities inherent in the historical relationship between Jews and Christians and shows these ambiguities in play in the unfolding relationship between Jews and Canadians of other religions and ethnicities. It examines present relationships in light of history and considers particularly the influence of antisemitism on the social, religious, and political history of the Canadian Jewish community. 
A History of Antisemitism in Canada builds on the foundation of numerous studies on antisemitism in general and on antisemitism in Canada in particular, as well as on the growing body of scholarship in Canadian Jewish studies. It attempts to understand the impact of antisemitism on Canada as a whole and is the first comprehensive account of antisemitism and its effect on the Jewish community of Canada. The book will be valuable to students and scholars not only of Canadian Jewish studies and Canadian ethnic studies but of Canadian history.


  • Short-listed, Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature 2016
  • Short-listed, CHOICE Magazine Community College Recommendation 2015


A state-of-the-art account of antisemitism in Canada. Attempts to understand the many ways in which antisemitism has impacted Canada as a whole, and examines most especially its influence on the development of Canada’s Jewish community. "...timely and intriguing,"

- Blacklocks Reporter