Identity and Intolerance: Nationalism, Racism, and Xenophobia in Germany and the United States

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Identity and Intolerance is an effort to shift the focus toward comparison in order to show how German and American societies have historically confronted and currently confront matters of national, racial, and ethnic inclusion and exclusion. The comparative perspective sheds light on the specific links between the cultural construction of nationhood and otherness, the political modes of integration and exclusion, and the social conditions of tolerance and intolerance. The contributors to this book also attempt to integrate the largely separate approaches offered by the history of ideas and ideologies, social history, and discourse theory.
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"This volume, seeking to resolve the issue by theoretically informed discussion, opens with the provocative reflection that racial prejudice should be regarded as a feature of modernity. The revival of racism in Eastern Europe, and the cultural paradigm of nationalism serve as starting points for a volume which is diverse in terms of methodological approaches and issues. Certainly ambitious in scope and interesting..." Canadian Journal of History
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Pt. 1 Concepts of National Identity and the Symbolic Construction of Nations
1 National Identity and the Conditions of Tolerance 3
2 The Historical Invention and Modern Reinvention of Two National Identities 21
3 Segmented Politics: Xenophobia, Citizenship, and Political Loyalty in Germany 43
4 The Discoursive Construction of National Stereotypes: Collective Imagination and Racist Concepts in Germany Before World War I 71
5 Integration and Fragmentation Discourses: Demanding and Supplying "Identity" in Diverse Societies 97
Pt. 2 The Social and Cultural Practice of Racism
6 Race, Class, and Southern Racial Violence 137
7 Racism and Empire: A Perspective on a New Era of American History 155
8 Police, African Americans, and Irish Immigrants in the Nation's Capital: A History of Everyday Racism in Civil War Washington 175
9 The Politics of Boycotting: Experiences in Germany and the United States Since 1880 209
10 Jews and the German Language: The Concept of Kulturnation and Anti-Semitic Propaganda 251
Pt. 3 Race, Gender, Body, Biology
11 Ambiguous Roles: The Racial Factor in American Womanhood 295
12 Citizenship Embodied: Racialized Gender and the Construction of Nationhood in the United States 313
13 Body Matters: Race, Gender, and Perceptions of Physical Ability from Goethe to Weininger 331
14 A Horse Breeder's Perspective: Scientific Racism in Germany, 1870-1933 371
15 The Thin Line Between Eugenics and Preventive Medicine 397
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