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To what extent do sources A-E support the view expressed in Source F that anti-Semitism was the result of “the rise of the Jews”?

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Alex Baker To what extent do sources A-E support the view expressed in Source F that anti-Semitism was the result of "the rise of the Jews"? Lindemann applies the phrase "rise of the Jews" to express the significant rise in Jewish wealth and prosperity in the period 1789-1939. The granting of Jewish emancipation by many governments in this period allowed the Jews a degree of freedom that appeared to benefit them greatly. Not only was the Jewish population increasing disproportionably higher to that of non-Jews, Jews also became more visible in key areas of modern life. Their prominence in prevailing occupations, such as journalism and law, created a new hostility towards Jews. No longer were they despised merely for their religious beliefs but for their growing status and importance in the modern era. Hitler sees the Jews as a swarm of people which would initially support the belief that anti-Semitism was a result of the "rise of the Jews" as their increasing number was a worry of Hitler's. ...read more.

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These figures emulate the Jews success and suitability to modern urban living rather than that of rural, agricultural life. They therefore back up the belief of Lindemann that anti-Semitism was caused by the "rise of the Jews" - in this case their overwhelming presence and visibility in key areas of modern life. In Source C Henry Ford observes the 'emergence' of Jews in the modern world as 'spectacular'. The "rise of the Jews" in this case is due to the increasing power and influence they have in the 'financial, political and social spheres'. He claims that Jews only make up three percent of the population but it is not the number of Jews that he is concerned about. Henry Ford's anti-Semitic beliefs are the result of the disproportionate power of the Jews. Ford believes this power of the Jews to be evident in Europe, where he claims them to be influential in, and the source of, the revolutions in Russia and Germany. ...read more.

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The anti-Semitism expressed through Source E can be directly related to the belief that Jews were influential enough to commit such acts of disorder. In the caption the Jew is portrayed as a dirty, scheming businessman. This shows anti-Semites were aggravated by the Jewish rise in modern professions and of the influence that was derived from them. This is supportive of Lindemann's view as the rise of the Jews, in terms of power and money, can be seen to have led to the anti-Semitic beliefs shown in Source E. Most of the sources show that the transition into the modern era caused or brought along with it, a significant 'rise' in Jewish prosperity. The impact of modernity on developing nations increased tensions between Jews and non-Jews who saw Jewish growth in this period as a threat to their own society and culture. Sources A-E generally support the view that anti-Semitism, whether it be driven by fear or jealousy, was as a direct result of the increased power, status, influence and wealth of the Jewish population throughout this the period. ...read more.

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