German Politics and the 'Jewish Question', 1914–1919

German Politics and the 'Jewish Question', 1914–1919

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Lucia J. Linares offers the first sustained examination of the ways in which questions about German-Jewish citizenship and religious, national identity – namely the "Jewish Question" – shaped the politics of Imperial Germany in its final years, influencing the processes of parliamentarisation and democratisation. The "Jewish Question" still tends to be interpreted with hindsight, that is, in the context of the Holocaust and from a social or cultural historical perspective. While considering the short- and long-term effects the "Jewish Question" had on the rise of German antisemitism, this new study stresses its contingency and ambivalence. Jewish questions, this book argues, revealed the paradoxes of German state-building and the difficulties of breaking down older forms of corporate identity for the sake of national-cultural homogeneity. Linares presents a new interpretation of the role that the "problem" of German Jewry played in the political debates and decisions that paved the way for the Weimar Republic.

Reihe Weimarer Schriften zur Republik
Band 15
ISBN 978-3-515-13069-1
Medientyp Buch - Kartoniert
Auflage 1.
Copyrightjahr 2021
Umfang 233 Seiten
Format 17,0 x 24,0 cm
Sprache Englisch