Very little attention has been focused on French attitudes toward Jews between the French Revolution of 1789 and the Dreyfus Affair. This book fills that vacuum. Antisemitism During the French Second Empire analyzes the development of antisemitism in French life from 1850 to 1870. Based on archival material and contemporary press and journals the author traces through World War II to the present the antecedents of prejudice that poisoned French life during the Dreyfus Affair.
The Author: Natalie Isser is Professor of History at the Ogontz Campus of the Pennsylvania State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to numerous articles in professional journals she has written a monograph The Second Empire and the Press, and is a co-author of two books: The American School and the Melting Pot and A History of Conversion and Contemporary Cults (Peter Lang, 1988).