The Continuities of German History: Nation, Religion, and Race Across the Long Nineteenth Century / Edition 1

The Continuities of German History: Nation, Religion, and Race Across the Long Nineteenth Century / Edition 1

by Helmut Walser Smith
     
 

In this controversial work of German history, Smith argues that German historians have become ever more focused on the twentieth century and on twentieth-century explanations for the catastrophe at the heart of it: the Holocaust. Against conventional wisdom, he considers long-term continuities - in the concept of nation and the ideology of nationalism, in… See more details below

Overview

In this controversial work of German history, Smith argues that German historians have become ever more focused on the twentieth century and on twentieth-century explanations for the catastrophe at the heart of it: the Holocaust. Against conventional wisdom, he considers long-term continuities - in the concept of nation and the ideology of nationalism, in religious exclusion and violence, and in race and racism. Exploring these topics in novel ways, he argues for deep continuities in German history, even as he insists that Germany was not on a special path to destruction. The result is a series of challenging reflections on nationalism, anti-Semitism, and race, as well as a novel interpretation of modern German history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521720250
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Meet the Author

Helmut Walser Smith earned his PhD at Yale. He has held the position of Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of History at Vanderbilt University since 1992. He is the author of German Nationalism and Religious Conflict (1995) and The Butcher's Tale: Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German Town (2002), which won him the Fraenkel Prize for the best work in contemporary history and was named an LA Times Non-Fiction Book of the Year.

Table of Contents

Introduction page 1

1 The Vanishing Point of German History 13

2 The Mirror Turn Lamp: Senses of the Nation before Nationalism 39

3 On Catastrophic Religious Violence and National Belonging: The Thirty Years War and the Massacre of Jews in Social Memory 74

4 From Play to Act: Anti-Jewish Violence in German and European History during the Long Nineteenth Century 115

5 Eliminationist Racism 167

Conclusion: Continuities in German History 211

Acknowledgments 235

Index 239

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