The Conquest of the World by the Jews

An Historical and Ethnical Essay by Major Osman Bey

The Conquest of the World by the Jews: An Historical and Ethnical Essay is a short pamphlet comprising 21 chapters plus a preliminary and concluding chapter written by Major Osman Bey, whose real name was Frederick Millingen. 

The pamphlet was originally published in French in 1873 as La conquête du monde par les Juifs. The English translation by F. W. Mathias was published in 1878 and quickly became an international bestseller. 

Various editions of The Conquest of the World by the Jews were published throughout the late-19th century, but following Millingen's death in Nice in 1903 or 1904, his works went out of print and disappeared from the public eye. The pamphlet was rediscovered by Walter White of US publisher Western Front and republished in 1976, and the current edition was published by European Freedom in 2018.

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A Historical Artifact

What makes The Conquest of the World by the Jews such an interesting historical artefact is that, as far as I know, it is the earliest polemic against the rise of Jewish power and influence, written by a non-Jew after the effects of the emancipation of the Jews in the late-18th and early-19th century could be clearly seen. 

Karl Marx had written On the Jewish Question in 1843 and the following year, Benjamin Disraeli had published his novel Coningsby, which contains the celebrated passage in which the Rothschild character, Sidonia, explains the extent of Jewish power and influence but both these writers were Jewish so the criticism they came in for was relatively mild.

According to his memoirs, Millingen, on the other hand, was hounded across Europe by a transnational cabal of "Judeo-nihilists" and their allies, including his own sister, and expelled from so many countries that he describes himself as "the most expelled man of the 19th century."

An Historical and Ethnical Essay

As you can see from that Table of Contents from the 1976 edition below, The Conquest of the World by the Jews takes a rapid run through Jewish history, beginning with The Origins of the Jews and then the Biblical Period.

Unlike E. Michael Jones, who in The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit, argues that Jewish differentialism begins with their rejection of Christ and consequently of Logos, Millingen believes that Jews have been trying to undermine neighbouring societies ever since they discovered what he refers to as "The Principle of Material Interests", which they must have done prior to the Period of Abraham.

In contrast to other nations, who are motivated by military and religious principles, even early in their history, the Jews main tactic was to emigrate to other countries, strip them of their wealth and then leave with the booty while accusing their hosts of persecution. 

This mode of behaviour only changed with the advent of the Mosaic period because Moses believed that a nation with ambitions to be one of the greatest in the world should not behave like a gang of petty thieves indulging in "highway robbery and usury". Moses' position led to to a split in the Jewish people, and it was for this reason that Moses destroyed the Golden Calf, which was the symbol of usury.

The Mosaic position held sway for some time, but with the fall of Judah, the Jewish people went back to their old ways arguing that there was no point in having a nation that could be defeated in battle. This period was followed by the Babylonian Captivity, which wasn't a captivity at all but rather the plunder of Assyria by the Jews.

As Millingen says in the opening paragraph of the chapter on The Roman Period, "The conquest of Judea by the Romans gave a decisive direction to the cosmopolitan tendency of the Jews. They now penetrated into all the Eastern and Western provinces of the Roman Empire."

Arguing from the principle of material interests, conquest by the Romans wasn't a defeat for the Jews but an opportunity to spread out into the Roman Empire and exploit naive Gentiles.

Clearly writing before Zionism and the push to recreate a Jewish State was firmly established, Millingen also sees the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by Titus in AD 70 as an opportunity rather than a defeat. This is because it released the Jews from being bound to a particular territory and allowed them to spread out and pursue their principle of material interests.

With this reflection, Millingen leaves Jews to live out whatever their destiny might have been for a few hundred years until their return to the world stage in the Middle Ages. This was when they began to impact the economies of the leading commercial centres of Europe, such as Venice and Genoa as well as the main cities of Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and Poland.

It was throughout the Middle Ages that the Jews were able to lay the foundations of the power base that was to come fruition in the 19th century after the emancipation of the Jews under Napoleon and then throughout the rest of Europe.

"The petty medieval usurers have changed everywhere into modern bankers or Stock Exchange brokers. Those wandering Jews of long ago have become crafty speculators, and the old clothes men and peddlers have opened elegant warehouses and Industrial Halls."

The key to the modern era is the rise of the Rothschild family, who Millingen describes as the self-proclaimed "King of the Jews" because they act as a spearhead for the financial, social and political advances that lead him to fear the Conquest of the World by the Jews.

Millingen also recognises the importance that their control the press had on their ability to retain hegemony as well the vital role played by organisations, such as the Universal Israelite Organisation.

An Easy Introduction to the JQ

With the European Freedom edition of the Conquest of the World by the Jews running in at 80 pages or so, no one would expect it to be an exhaustive introduction to the Jewish Question or JQ as it is often euphemistically called.

However, as I said in the introduction to this article, the pamphlet is a fascinating historical artefact, almost a snapshot of mid-19th century thinking on a question that has plagued mankind for millenia.

It is also a relatively quick and painless way to get a grasp on an incredibly complex subject, certainly in comparison to tomes such as The Culture of Critique by Kevin MacDonald, The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit by E. Michael Jones or The Controversy of Zion by Douglas Reed, all of which clock in at between 600 and 1000 pages.

Frederick Millingen attributes the Jewish Question all down to "the principle of material interests" and the desire to acquire power by accumulating money, which although over-simplistic, is sufficiently close to observable reality that one cannot help but feel that it contains a sizable kernel of truth.

Major themes that Frederick Millingen covers in a few sentences are dealt with in multiple chapters by more scholarly authors such as those mentioned above.

The important thing is, though, that he covers such questions and for this reason The Conquest of the World by the Jews provides a starting point for further research and investigation.

Since I first read it, I've found myself coming back to this curious little book again and again. I wouldn't be surprised if you do too. 

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