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Germans, Jews, and Antisemites: Trials in Emancipation (Paperback)
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Germans, Jews, and Antisemites: Trials in Emancipation (Paperback)

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Paperback 326 Pages / Published: 24/07/2006
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The ferocity of the Nazi attack upon the Jews took many by surprise. Volkov argues that a new look at both the nature of antisemitism and at the complexity of modern Jewish life in Germany is required in order to provide an explanation. While antisemitism had a number of functions in pre-Nazi German society, it most particularly served as a cultural code, a sign of belonging to a particular political and cultural milieu. Surprisingly, it only had a limited effect on the lives of the Jews themselves. By the end of the nineteenth century, their integration was well advanced. Many of them enjoyed prosperity, prestige, and the pleasures of metropolitan life. 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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521609593
Number of pages: 326
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Shulamit Volkov has produced more instructive pieces on the history of the German Jews than virtually any other historian. ... her most recent book ... deserves particular attention.' German Historical Institute London Bulletin
"Volkov deftly illuminates the paradoxical social, demographic and cultural position of German Jews, in which social and occupational distinction blended with distinctiveness.... this volume provides a rewarding summary statement of Volkov's contributions to German-Jewish history and especially to German history." -Shelley Baranowski, Department of History, University of Akron, H-German
"Volkov may be complemented for widening the aperture, and seeing the problem of Jews and antisemitism with a European, even transnational lens. The benefit of this approach is even more evident when she considers the Jews of Palestine, who despite their clear-sighted anguish about events in Nazi Germany in the 1930s nevertheless remained preoccupied with teh Zionist projects in Eretz Israel." -Helmut Walser Smith, Vanderbilt University
"Volkov does an excellent job of sketching out the contradictions and conflicts that plagued the process of acculturation...The three sections of this book are outstanding essays." Jay Howard Geller, Canadian Journal of History
"The essays collected in this book often have to do with German-Jewish reactions to antisemitism and with the complex dynamics of Jewish assimiliation....Volkov offers bold and penetrating answers to much-discussed questions....She conceptualizes and contextualizes the structure and meaning of antisemitism discourse deftly, setting up her arguments by identifying holes in the existing scholarship wit admirably clarity....abounds with fresh perspectives on large and difficult problems..." --Paul Reitter, Ohio State University, German Quarterly Book Reviews
"This book contributes excellent reading for all course on Jewish-German history." -Sabine Von Mering, German Studies Review

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