Ritual murder in Russia, Eastern Europe, and beyond: New histories of an old accusation

Eugene M. Avrutin*, Jonathan Dekel-Chen, Robert Weinberg

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This innovative reassessment of ritual murder accusations brings together scholars working in history, folklore, ethnography, and literature. Favoring dynamic explanations of the mechanisms, evolution, popular appeal, and responses to the blood libel, the essays rigorously engage with the larger social and cultural worlds that made these phenomena possible. In doing so, the book helps to explain why blood libel accusations continued to spread in Europe even after modernization seemingly made them obsolete. Drawing on untapped and unconventional historical sources, the collection explores a range of intriguing topics: popular belief and scientific knowledge; the connections between antisemitism, prejudice, and violence; the rule of law versus the power of rumors; the politics of memory; and humanitarian intervention on a global scale.

Original languageAmerican English
PublisherIndiana University Press
Number of pages292
ISBN (Electronic)9780253026576
ISBN (Print)9780253025814
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

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