Racism has ratings and 25 reviews. Drick said: This author takes a close look at three historical instances of racism: The American South, Nazi Germa. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Racism: A Short History | Are George Fredrickson surveys the history of Western racism from its emergence in the late. Surveys the history of Western racism from its emergence in the late Middle Ages to the present. Beginning with medieval anti-Semitism, the author traces the.

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In addition to laying out his current thinking about racism, Fredrickson engages deeply with the work and views of other historians and thinkers, generously pointing feedrickson interpretations that differ from his own and taking the time to explain how his own thinking has evolved over the course of a five decade career.

In hisyory, its a study focusing on the pathology fredricksln racism. Other posts in this series include: Catalin Crudu rated it really liked it May 15, Refreshingly, Fredrickson also refrains from political rhetoric or blame-centered approaches, since, as he puts it: Second, the varieties of racism that developed in the West had greater impact on world history than any functional equivalent that we might detect in another era or part of the world.

Racism: A Short History

Fredrickson conscientiously points out areas of controversy and is generous in his recommendations for further reading. I’m not necessarily convinced that this isn’t overly restrictive; from my admittedly minor knowledge of the situation in the British Isles, I think one might argue what the Irish of the prior few centuries were subjected to racism by the definition of the book, and that histoyr were examples in Asia as well, such as the Japanese with the Koreans.

The book begins with a description of events just prior to the “Limpieza de Sangre” campaign in 15th century Spain, and charts the evolution of xenophobia into its dastardly fredeickson all-too-familiar relative.


He also argues that if the characteristics that elicit prejudice are not genetic and one is able to move from the persecuted group to the dominant group through any means, then it is also not truly racism. It’s a thought-provoking and potentially useful definition for a term typically used in much broader, more vague senses, senses in which the author suggests that Not quite what I expected it to be, this book defined racism much more narrowly than is typical in public discourse—a system in which a hierarchy is created between different groups by official means i.

The style is pretty dry, typical a I got pretty sucked into this one. I learned that racism started with discriminating against Jews. As someone who does not have an extensive historical knowledge, this book was difficult to read at times.

Fredrickson also gets a bit repetitive in his attempt to synthesize. Preview — Racism by George M. He did not accoutn much for the non-rational aspects of racism: His overview primarily focuses on the grand scale of politics, religion, and laws associated with racial relations.

He also forces us to reckon with the fact that white history has justified racism for a long time,and only in the last 60 years has begun to really turn this around. The parallels Fredrickson draws between color-coded racism and antisemitism are interesting but ultimately fdedrickson very illuminating. As such I was left feeling something signficant was missing. Sep 22, Alyssa rated it liked it Shelves: As Fredrickson himself admits in the text, the differences between the two are often greater than the similarities.

I had to read this one for class.

From the other literature I’ve read on the topic, this viewpoint is widely accepted in the academic community, and the historical record itself is very compelling to this point. This book was a good frredrickson of racism and its origins.

It of course doesn’t show any theories in depth but it’s a good start for someone who wants to scientifically dive into the topic.


Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Return to Book Page. But the big racism-issue is going to be about religion and it probably won’t occur in Western Europe. Once frfdrickson bibliography and appendix are taken out, it really is a “Short History” of racism, and I wouldn’t have minded a bit more space to explore some of the arguments in a bit more detail as some generalisations creep in which I would rather were examined more closely.

The exploration of the origins and nature of bigotry against Africans and Jews was very interesting. Apr 13, Erin Casey rated it really liked it. Why are egalitarian societies particularly susceptible to viru Are antisemitism and white supremacy manifestations of a general phenomenon?

You are fredricksonn using your Facebook account. The book concludes with a provocative account of the rise and decline of frfdrickson twentieth century’s overtly racist regimes–the Jim Crow South, Nazi Germany, and apartheid South Africa–in the context of world historical developments.

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A criticism I would fredricskon is that Frederickson neglects the economic and political motives in the establishment of African slavery in the British American colonial period.

I also think it’s important to emphasize openly racist reg I had to read this book for an university-course and I thought it presented a good overview of where rascist thoughts and ideologies come from, how they slowly evolved to legitimize certain hierarchies. Feb 26, Alex Blance rated it liked it Shelves: Oct 25, todd rated it liked it. This book was a bit repeatative and often very technical.

Really made me think about racism differently.