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Medallic History of Religious Intolerance


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This presentation traces the causes and repercussions of religious intolerance through the perspectives of historical and commemorative medals. The medals discussed are variously anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic or anti-Protestant and serve to illustrate, through imagery and wonderful art, that such medals not only have provided a window through which to view historical events surrounding bigotry, but also have been issued to actually promote religious hatred. Include sverview of the use of medals to communicate bigotry, anti-Semitic medals including examples of the Korn Jude, Christian-Muslim conflict, anti-Catholic medals beginning with Martin Luther, Thirty Years War of 1618-1648 between Protestants and Catholics, English medals of intolerance between Church of England and Catholics, and medals of indulgence. Speaker(s): Benjamin Weiss, Ph.D..
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