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Jews and Other Germans Civil Society, Religious Diversity, and Urban Politics in Breslau, 1860-1925

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ISBN-10: 0299226948

ISBN-13: 9780299226947

Edition: 2008

Authors: Till van Rahden, Marcus Brainard

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Jews and Other Germansis the first social and cultural history to probe the parameters of Jewish integration in the half century between the founding of the German Empire in 1871 and the early Weimar Republic. Questioning received wisdom about German-Jewish assimilation and the pervasiveness of anti-Semitism in Imperial Germany, van Rahdenrsquo;s prize-winning book restores some of the complexity and openness of relations between Protestants, Catholics, and Jews before World War I. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Closely analyzing the political, social, and cultural life in a major German city, van Rahden shows that Jews were a part of a broad urban community that encompassed diversity within unity, at once offering them a large measure of equality while permitting them to remain meaningfully Jewish.Jews and Other Germansalso substantially revises the chronology of anti-Semitism in Germany, showing that Jews only began to experience exclusion from Breslaursquo;s social world during World War I. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Yet van Rahden not only illuminates Breslaursquo;s multicultural fabric; he also tells the story of this remarkable city as one of cultural and religious conflict and coexistence. Recounting the experiences of Jews, Protestants, and Catholics within a single narrative, he offers a critical intervention into scholarship on liberalism and civil society in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Europe.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 8/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 486
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Till van Rahden holds the Canada Research Chair in German and European Studies and is associate professor in the department of literature and modern languages at the Universiteacute; de Montreacute;al. Marcus Brainard earned his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Osnabruuml;ck, Germany, and is the editor and translator of numerous works of philosophy and history.

Heinrich Meier is director of the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation in Munich, professor of philosophy at the University of Munich, and permanent visiting professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.