Germany's Prophet: Paul de Lagarde and the Origins of Modern Antisemitism

Germany's Prophet: Paul de Lagarde and the Origins of Modern Antisemitism

by Ulrich Sieg
     
 

Recognized in his own time and also today as a leading scholar of the origins and development of the Septuagint and its sources, Paul de Lagarde (1827–1891) was a vituperative German nationalist and an antisemite whose writings inspired the National Socialist (Nazi) ideology. An influential and controversial public thinker, he invoked an authentic Germanness

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Recognized in his own time and also today as a leading scholar of the origins and development of the Septuagint and its sources, Paul de Lagarde (1827–1891) was a vituperative German nationalist and an antisemite whose writings inspired the National Socialist (Nazi) ideology. An influential and controversial public thinker, he invoked an authentic Germanness that encompassed religion and a national ethos to counter the threat posed by the Jews and liberalism. His appeals to a “secret Germany” eventually resonated with modern conservative revolutionaries and notable antisemites from Julius Langbehn and Houston Stewart Chamberlain to Alfred Rosenberg and Adolf Hitler himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584657552
Publisher:
Brandeis University Press
Publication date:
06/11/2013
Series:
Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
15.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are saying about this

Sander L. Gilman
“In Germany’s Prophet the academic roots of modern racial and political antisemitism are clearly outlined. Lagarde was both a respected academic as well as a notorious antisemite, whose academic status provided cover for his politics. Well researched and well written, Sieg’s study is a major biographical addition to the literature on the history of antisemitism and perhaps a litmus test for ‘real’ academic antisemitism.”
Thomas Meyer
“Germany’s Prophet easily outdistances earlier Lagarde studies and will serve as a benchmark for scholarship. For anyone interested in the of history of ideas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and especially in the rise and fall of cultural pessimism, this is now the place to start.”
Sue Marchand
"Drawing on a vast array of sources and informed by a deep knowledge of nineteenth-century theology, philology, and political history, Ulrich Sieg shows us a Lagarde driven by religious and political apocalypticism as well as by a fanatical dedication to positivist scholarship and an insatiable need for love. Sieg's authoritative biography throws light on not only the contradictory character of the man himself but also on the many different readers who found inspiration in Lagarde's violent denunciations of Judaism, liberalism, and the spiritually desiccated modern world."
Suzanne L. Marchand
“Drawing on a vast array of sources and informed by a deep knowledge of nineteenth-century theology, philology, and political history, Ulrich Sieg shows us a Lagarde driven by religious and political apocalypticism as well as by a fanatical dedication to positivist scholarship and an insatiable need for love. Sieg’s authoritative biography throws light on not only the contradictory character of the man himself but also on the many different readers who found inspiration in Lagarde’s violent denunciations of Judaism, liberalism, and the spiritually desiccated modern world.”

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ULRICH SIEG is professor of philosophy at the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.

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