"The floating wealth of the country," Rothcontinued, "was soaked up by the Jews, who were periodically made to disgorgeinto the exchequer [national or royal treasury]" It was evident that the ruling class periodically became intimidated by themass of their nation's wealth accumulating to the hands of so small a minority-- and a very clannish minority at that. This would logically give any rulingauthority cause for concern -- when a particular group virtually controls thenation's economics while at the same time appearing to have a tenuousallegiance to the country in which they reside. Such a course of eventsevidently led to the creation of a stereotyping blueprint for Jews and Jewishcommunities that has been expressed -- and reacted to -- in various culturesfor centuries.


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