Table of contents

Table of Contents for A History of Antisemitism in Canada by Ira Robinson


Part I: Introduction

Chapter 1 Defining Antisemitism: Jews and Non-Jews in Historical Perspective

Chapter 2 Jews in the Cultures of the Medieval and Early Modern French and English

Part II: Canada and the Jews: Early Encounters (1759-1914)

Chapter 3 Jews in the Consciousness of Canadians in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Chapter 4 The Jewish Problem Comes to Canada

Part III: Jews and Canadian Society (1914-1945)

Chapter 5 Social and Institutional Antisemitism in Canada

Chapter 6 The Spectre of Europe: Nazism and Communism

Part IV: Postwar Canada (1945-present)

Chapter 7 Canada and Antisemitism in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century

Chapter 8 The Holocaust and Its Deniers

Chapter 9 Zionism and Israel

Chapter 10 Perspectives on Antisemitism in Twenty-First-Century Canada





This state-of-the-art account gives readers the tools to understand why antisemitism is such a controversial subject. It acquaints readers with the ambiguities inherent in the historical relationship between Jews and Christians and shows these ambiguities in play in the unfolding relationship between Jews and Canadians of other religions and ethnicities. It examines present relationships in light of history and considers particularly the influence of antisemitism on the social, religious, and political history of the Canadian Jewish community.


  • Short-listed, CHOICE Magazine Community College Recommendation 2015
  • Short-listed, Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature 2016


Though it is not the first study of antisemitism in Canada, it is the most sweeping book on the topic. While he uses few archival materials, Robinson seems to have consulted every published source of any relevance. The result is a masterful, easily readable, lucid analysis of the phenomenon.

This is a book not only to be read but to be savoured.


- Irving Abella

A state-of-the-art account of antisemitism in Canada. Attempts to understand the many ways in which antisemitism has impacted Canada as a whole, and examines most especially its influence on the development of Canada’s Jewish community. ". ..timely and intriguing," 

- Blacklocks Reporter

“People interested in learning about the history of antisemitism in Canada will find Robinson’s study quite enlightening. The book is well written, massively detailed, and deeply researched in mostly secondary sources."

- Leonard Dinnerstein