Written by Hilaire Belloc The Jews is one of his political works and is also probably one of his most controversial. Belloc was a prolific English writer of French descent and one of the most well published authors of the twentieth century. Belloc wrote in different styles and about a wide range of topics, but was probably most well known for his poetry and his writing on history, politics, and economics.
In The Jews, Belloc argues that the status of the Jews in Europe, as a people without a home, will surely lead to conflict and that it is critically important to find a recognized and segregated land for these people. Written in 1922, not long after the conclusion of the Great War and in the beginning stages of the long lead-up to World War Two, Belloc's words can today be interpreted as near prophetic. Over the course of 300 pages, Belloc examines the issue from a variety of angles. Chapters include an examination of the causes of friction between the Jewish people and Christians and Muslims, anti-Semitism, Bolshevism, the position of Jews in England, and much more. The book concludes with Belloc's suggested solution to the issue, which is the complete recognition of a separate Jewish nationality.
Many of Belloc's writings have been considered controversial, and this title is no different. The Jews has been accused of being anti-Semitic, although the modern reader may not agree with this assessment. As with any book that has attracted controversy, it is ultimately up to the individual reader to determine how they feel about the author's views.
The Jews is a fascinating political commentary and one that discusses an issue that remains relevant to this day. Belloc's fears of great conflict in Europe are seemingly prophetic when read in modern times. For those interested in political commentary, particularly about the place of the Jewish people in the world, The Jews is an illuminating read.