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Analyzing the history of the Jews of Spain from the time of the Visigoths to the present, this study investigates periods of discrimination against converted Jews that went beyond the merely religious, and finds similarities to the racial and secular anti-Semitism of modernity. Some historians and social scientists have drawn parallels between the Spanish casticist ethnicism of the German volkisch that sustained Nazism. Others have gone further and found the Inquisition parallels in post-inquisitorial Spain--including the Spanish Civil War and Francoism--a result of the survival of ethno-religious prejudices in a country where there were no Jews. The singularities of Spanish anti-Semitism are revealed in the "cleanliness of blood" statutes and Jesuit participation in them, and in Spanish sensitivity to being viewed as a nation of Jews (the Black Legend). The author examines a historiographical controversy that went beyond scholarship to the columns of newspaper polemic.