Open Access Senior Honors Thesis
Department or School
History and Philosophy
Dr. Ronald Delph
This paper explores why anti-Judaism became more prevalent in sixteenth century Germany and Italy than it had been in prior centuries. Each chapter discusses a specific event or person of the 1500’s and explains why each of these contributed to the spread of anti-Judaism. The focuses of the paper include Martin Luther and the Reformation, Pope Paul IV and the Roman Ghetto, the ritual murder myth, and the witchcraze of the sixteenth century. The chapters consist of separate smaller theses which serve to answer the problem of the study from varying angles. The paper culminates with the common thread of intolerance of deviance from Christianity that is found in each of the chapters. This commonality is then used to explain why Germany and Italy during the 1500’s were so vulnerable to the spread of anti-Judaism.
Hoffert, Kara Elise, "The spread of anti-Judaism in sixteenth century Germany and Italy as a result of intolerance of deviance" (2005). Senior Honors Theses and Projects. 120.