Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia

An Online Lecture and Q&A with George Makari


W. W. Norton is pleased to offer a special virtual lecture and Q & A with historian, psychiatrist, and author George Makari. His latest book, Of Fear and Strangers, is a startling work of historical sleuthing and synthesis that reveals the forgotten histories of xenophobia—and what they mean for us today.

By 2016, it was impossible to ignore an international resurgence of xenophobia. Why now? In this 30-minute lecture, Makari will discuss how xenophobia emerged alongside Western nationalism, colonialism, mass migration, and genocide. Stranger-hatred may indeed be ancient, but the moral and political notion of this dangerous bias emerged not long ago.


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