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This conclusion presents a few closing remarks on the key concepts discussed in the book. The dissemination and influence of the vernacular Centinela contra Judíos was confined to the Iberian Peninsula and the Spanish empire in the Americas. Its success was largely the result of the fact that, until its publication in 1674, there was no work in Spain that could convey the message of Alonso de Espina and like-minded anti-Semitic authors to a lay reader who did not have a command of Latin. Fray Francisco de Torrejoncillo placed particular emphasis on the second aspect of the Christian-Jewish struggle in his Centinela. It is this very combination of conspiracy theory, insistence upon a present existential threat and dehumanization of the Jews/conversos that continues to characterize contemporary anti-Semitic propaganda produced by neo-Nazis and white supremacists both in print and online.

Keywords: Alonso de Espina; anti-Semitic propaganda; Centinela contra Judíos; Christian-Jewish struggle; conversos; Francisco de Torrejoncillo; Iberian Peninsula; Spanish empire

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