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The Paranoid Apocalypse: A Hundred-Year Retrospective on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Richard Landes and Steven T. Katz


The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, first published in Russia around 1905, claimed to be the captured secret protocols from the first Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897 describing a plan by the Jewish people to achieve global domination. While the document has been proven to be fake, much of it plagiarized from satirical anti-Semitic texts, it had a major impact throughout Europe during the first half of the twentieth century, particularly in Germany. After World War II, the text was further denounced. Anyone who referred to it as a genuine document was seen as an ignorant hate-monger. Yet the ... More

Keywords: Protocols, first Zionist Congress, global domination, Jews, anti-Semitism, conspiracy theories, secular modernity, post-Holocaust, genocide

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814748923
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814748923.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Landes, editor

Steven T. Katz, editor

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Front Matter

1 Introduction

Richard Landes and Steven T. Katz

Part I Conceptual Prelude: On Paranoid Politics and Apocalyptic Violence

3 The Apocalyptic Other

Charles B. Strozier

Part II Medieval Prologue: Cosmic Christian Anxiety and Global Modern Paranoia

4 The Devil’s Hoofs

Jeffrey R. Woolf

Part III The Early Years: The Apocalyptic Matrix of Genesis and Launch

9 The Turning Point

David Redles

Part IV Post-Holocaust Protocols: Non-Western Variations

10 The Protocols in Japan

David G. Goodman

11 The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook

Part V Protocols at the Turn of the Millennium: The Return of the Repressed

Part VI Quo Vadis?: How to Respond to the Return of the Protocols

15 Conspiracy Then and Now

Stephen Eric Bronner