Germans, Jews, and Antisemites Trials in Emancipation

ISBN-10: 0521609593

ISBN-13: 9780521609593

Edition: 2005

Authors: Shulamit Volkov

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Explaining why the ferocity of the Nazi attack upon the Jews took many by surprise, this book stresses the dialectical nature of assimilation, the lead of the Jews in the processes of modernization, and, finally, their continuous efforts to 'invent' a modern Judaism that would fit their new social and cultural position.
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List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/24/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 326
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Prologue: My Father Leaves His German Homeland
Interpreting the Danger Signs
Views from East and West
The Eastern Perspective
Loyalty and Complacency
Excursus on Self-Hatred and Self-Criticism
Past Shadows, Present Needs
The Kristallnacht and Other Pogroms
A View from Eretz Israel
Antisemitism as a Cultural Code
Antisemitism Old and New
Origins and "Complete Explanations"
The Vocabulary of Antisemitism
Functions and Meaning
National Consciousness: The Jew as the Other
The Political Function of Antisemitism in the Kaiserreich
The Cultural Meaning of Antisemitism
Norms and Codes: Two Case Studies
The Case of Social Democracy
Antisemitism and Anti-Feminism
Comparing Germany with the French Republic
The German-Jewish Project of Modernity
Excursus on Minorities in the Nation-State
Climbing Up the Social Ladder
Becoming Bourgeois
Language and Proper Behavior
Advantages and Disadvantages
Paradoxes of Becoming Alike
Who Came to Resemble Whom?
Demography and Intimate Culture
Jewish Success in Science
The Social Origins of Success
Succeeding within the System
The Ambivalence of Bildung
Forces of Dissimilation
The Limits of Assimilation
Reassessing the Jews from the East
Inventing Tradition
Epilogue: Closing the Circle
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