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Central motif in the modern ideology of antisemitism which explains world events as the result of alleged secretive machinations conducted out of sight by Jewish agents. It is a process of projective reduction which attempts to scale down the complexity of societal phenomena that are peculiar to the poorly understood experience of modernity. The idea of an all-controlling conspiracy at work behind the scenes can …

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Diner, Dan, “Conspiracy”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 25 June 2018 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401

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