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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
 

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ISBN-10: 052189588X

ISBN-13: 9780521895880

Pub. Date: 04/30/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book addresses the long term of German history, tracing ideas and politics across what have become sharp chronological breaks. Smith argues that current historiography has become ever more focused on the twentieth century, and on twentieth-century explanations for the German catastrophe. Against conventional wisdom, he considers continuities - in the concept

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This book addresses the long term of German history, tracing ideas and politics across what have become sharp chronological breaks. Smith argues that current historiography has become ever more focused on the twentieth century, and on twentieth-century explanations for the German catastrophe. Against conventional wisdom, he considers continuities - in the concept of nation and the ideology of nationalism, in religion and religious exclusion, and in racism and violence - that are the center of the German historical experience and that have long histories. Smith explores these deep continuities in novel ways, emphasizing their importance, while arguing that Germany was not on a special path to destruction. The result is a series of innovative reflections on the crystallization of nationalist ideology, on patterns of anti-Semitism, and on how the nineteenth-century vocabulary of race structured the twentieth-century genocidal imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521895880
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2008
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

1. The vanishing point of German history; 2. The mirror turn lamp: senses of the nation before nationalism; 3. On catastrophic religious violence and the national belonging: the Thirty Years' War and the massacre of Jews in social memory; 4. From play to act: anti-Semitic violence in German and European history during the long nineteenth century; 5. Eliminationist racism; 6. Afterword: where the Sonderweg debate left us.

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