• Sign In
  • Help
  • My Basket0
German Orientalism in the Age of Empire: Religion, Race, and Scholarship - Publications of the German Historical Institute (Paperback)
  • German Orientalism in the Age of Empire: Religion, Race, and Scholarship - Publications of the German Historical Institute (Paperback)
zoom

German Orientalism in the Age of Empire: Religion, Race, and Scholarship - Publications of the German Historical Institute (Paperback)

(author)
£25.99
Paperback 562 Pages / Published: 09/08/2010
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

Check Marketplace availability

Nineteenth-century studies of the Orient changed European ideas and cultural institutions in more ways than we usually recognize. 'Orientalism' certainly contributed to European empire-building, but it also helped to destroy a narrow Christian-classical canon. This carefully researched book provides the first synthetic and contextualized study of German Orientalistik, a subject of special interest because German scholars were the pacesetters in oriental studies between about 1830 and 1930, despite entering the colonial race late and exiting it early. The book suggests that we must take seriously German orientalism's origins in Renaissance philology and early modern biblical exegesis and appreciate its modern development in the context of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century debates about religion and the Bible, classical schooling, and Germanic origins. In ranging across the subdisciplines of Orientalistik, German Orientalism in the Age of Empire introduces readers to a host of iconoclastic characters and forgotten debates, seeking to demonstrate both the richness of this intriguing field and its indebtedness to the cultural world in which it evolved.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521169073
Number of pages: 562
Weight: 750 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Suzanne Marchand engages a major issue of modern German history with her rich, ambitious, and beautifully composed book. She offers powerful and sophisticated arguments that rest on a dazzling command of evidence. German Orientalism in the Age of Empire not only fills a huge gap; it is a bravura performance and a landmark work.' David Blackbourn, Harvard University
'German Orientalism in the Age of Empire is intellectual history on an epic scale. Suzanne Marchand's rich revisionist account re-creates the practices of an extraordinary branch of scholarship in vibrant detail. She traces the complex roots of modern Orientalism in Renaissance philology and early modern biblical exegesis, follows the transformation of the field in the modern university and the age of European empire, and brings the reader into direct, instructive contact with dozens of fascinating thinkers and scholars. Again and again, she challenges received truths about European thought and how it should be studied.' Anthony Grafton, Princeton University
'Suzanne Marchand has written a dazzling work of scholarship, a tour de force as an intellectual history of modern Germany. The erudition and breadth of material presented demonstrates that Suzanne Marchand is one of the great scholars of her generation. Essential reading for students in numerous fields, including religion, biblical studies, history, Asian studies, ancient Near East studies, and philology, her book is also an extremely important contribution to the field of Jewish studies, brilliantly illuminating its rise, development, influence, and significance.' Susannah Heschel, author of The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany
'German Orientalism in the Age of Empire is that rare combination of deep research, vast erudition, and big, important ideas. By rooting Orientalism in the rich cultural soil of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Germany, Marchand gives us a complex, nuanced, and balanced view of European attitudes toward the 'Orient.' This is a major contribution to our understanding of European intellectual history.' James Sheehan, Stanford University
'Suzanne Marchand's enormously learned, contextually rich, and conceptually complex study of the scholarly traditions and cultural practices that defined the 'peculiarities' of German Orientalism in the modern Imperial age finally provides a comprehensive, convincing response to questions that historians of modern Germany have been asking since the publication of Edward Said's Orientalism more than thirty years ago ... By emphasizing the immense diversity and motivational ambivalence of German Orientalism, she has produced a story that opens the tradition to critical, reciprocal, post-Imperial appropriations.' John Toews, University of Washington
'Marchand's book, encyclopaedic in size, scope and ambition, examines works by an overwhelming number of scholars writing between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, from a wealth of backgrounds and with a host of different presumptions, aims and scholarly attitudes: biblical scholars, historians, archaeologists, art historians, to name but a few. A further diversifying factor is Marchand's decision to focus not [on] the work of 'great men' but on that of more obscure figures whose works have rarely been analysed. ... Marchand's conclusions contain a profound challenge to the most acknowledged works on the subject so far.' The Times Literary Supplement
'Marchand's impressive book is a welcome addition to the ever-growing literature on Germans' interactions with the wider world across a longue duree. This is a work of exacting detail and impressive erudition ... Its appeals are many ... The book is full of such useful correctives ... such ambiguities beg our consideration and Marchand's engagement with these perplexing problems will make this book fruitful reading for a wide audience indeed.' The Journal of Central European History
'Marchand successfully uses the concept of generational differences to organize her account. After a first chapter in which the study of oriental languages is located within the quest for the pure Christianity of the Reformation, Marchand highlights the new impetus gained by the early nineteenth-century Romantics ... ' The Journal of Church History

You may also be interested in...

The Great Economists
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
The Diary of a Young Girl
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Left Bank
Added to basket
£25.00
Hardback
Homage to Catalonia
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Istanbul
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
The Shortest History of Germany
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
Added to basket
The War in the West: A New History
Added to basket
Blitzed
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Passchendaele
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Unwomanly Face of War
Added to basket
Darkest Hour
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
St Petersburg
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Women Who Flew for Hitler
Added to basket
Les Parisiennes
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
SPQR
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.