A Rumor about the Jews

Conspiracy, Anti-Semitism, and the Protocols of Zion

  • Stephen Eric Bronner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  6. Back Matter
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About this book


“A coherent treatment of a complex issue and its most significant secular document...Bronner may have written the best short book on anti-Semitism.”
Kirkus Reviews

“In his scholarly yet highly readable account of the history of this infamous work, Stephen Eric Bronner does a great service not only to those who fight against anti-Semitism, but those who fight against contemporary political fanaticism…”
Jewish Currents

“A fascinating, readable, and most worthwhile addition to the literature.”

“[A Rumor About the Jews] places The Protocols of the Elders of Zion within a broader framework, arguing effectively that acceptance of the notorious forgery had as much to do with reactions against liberalism and democracy as it did with anti-Semitism...this book makes an original and valuable contribution to the literature.”
John A. DrobnickiLibrary Journal

In its portrayal of Judaism as a worldwide conspiracy dedicated to the destruction of Christian civilization, the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion remains one of the most infamous documents ever written. Despite being proven a crude forgery, the pamphlet managed to pervade twentieth-century thinking, often being twisted to suit its handlers' purposes, and to justify the most extreme persecution of the Jews. In A Rumor About the Jews, Stephen Eric Bronner provides a history of this notorious fabrication—one which has renewed salience in a “post truth” society dominated by “fake news"—and explores its influence on right-wing movements throughout the twentieth century and the ongoing appeal of bigotry. This new edition of Bronner's 2000 classic (described by Kirkus as "the best short book on anti-Semitism") expands the arguments of the first edition, bringing the work up to date in a new political context.


Anti-Semitism Bigotry Conspiracy Hitler Propaganda Nazism Inter-War Period World War II fake news post truth The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Authors and affiliations

  • Stephen Eric Bronner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceRutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, NJUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-95395-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-95396-0
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