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The Socialist Response to Antisemitism in Imperial Germany

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  • Date Published: June 2010
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521153249

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  • In Imperial Germany (1871-1918), most Socialists felt that the antisemites had a point but took matters too far. In fact, Social Democratic objections to the antisemitic movement often did not hinge on its anti-Jewish orientation at all. Even when they did, the Socialists' arguments generally acknowledged widespread anti-Jewish stereotypes rather than questioning them. By focusing on the many notions that antisemites and anti-antisemites in fact shared, and by introducing a range of new sources, this book presents a radical reinterpretation of the Socialist response to antisemitism in Imperial Germany.

    • Comprehensive reinterpretation of the Socialist response to antisemitism prior to the First World War (and beyond)
    • Introduces a variety of new sources to the debate
    • Presents methodology relevant to the examination of other encounters between Jewish/non-Jewish relations more generally
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Fischer here brings a sharp and unrelenting gaze to the classic texts that define the Jewish Question for German socialists. His meticulous analysis leaves little doubt in the reader that they were much more a part of the problem than a part of the solution."
    -Professor Richard S. Levy, Department of History, University of Illinois-Chicago

    "Fischer’s work is interesting, original, and persuasively argued. It is based on an exceptionally close and careful reading of texts, and makes a significant contribution to our understanding of an important, and still controversial, subject."
    -Professor Jack Jacobs, John Jay College and the Graduate Center, the City University of New York

    "Fischer's work is an ambitious undertaking.... Fischer's analysis is built, for the most part, on perceptive and persuasive close readings of various socialist texts."
    -H-German, Barnet Hartston, Eckerd College

    "Fischer manages to portray a highly theoretical issue in the realm of social and intellectual history with clarity. His study convinces due to its close reading of sources, persuasive argument, and comprehensive knowledge of his field of research. Fischer makes a compelling case for his occasionally provocative theses."
    sehepunkte, Salvador Oberhaus, Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf

    "In his important study, Lars Fischer offers a significant contribution to the ever-growing debate concerning the presence of antisemitism in German society prior to the Holocaust." -American Historical Review, Kevin P. Spicer

    "...methodologically innovative and offers important revisions of the established readings of a set of emblematic texts." -Marcel Stoetzler, German Studies Review

    "Lars Fischer has written an engaging and challenging book." -Albert S. Lindemann, Journal of Modern History

    "Lars Fischer has written an illuminating book ... specialists in German Jewish history and historians of anti-semitism will certainly welcome the monograph." -Keith H. Pickus, Social History

    "Fischer’s book brings to light new information and it is marked by very smart analysis..." -Peter Jelavich, The Jewish Quarterly Review

    "...a very welcome contribution to the vital, still haunting, and unresolved legacy within socialism." -Nils Roemer, The Historian

    "...Fischer develops an analytic approach that is exceptionally well suited to his exploration of political culture. This, along with his nimble use of indirect evidence to transform the possible into the likely, makes Fischer’s approach extraordinarily refreshing...The Socialist Response to Antisemitism represents a landmark in the art of teasing meaning out of recalcitrant sources that is well worth emulating." - Jonathan R. Zatlin, Central European History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521153249
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Social democracy's stance on antisemitism and the spectre of 'philosemitism'
    2, The influence of 'Zur Judenfrage' on the Socialist movement
    3. The Socialist uses and abuses of 'Zur Judenfrage'
    4. The social democratic party congress of 1903 and the case of Hans Leuss
    5. The former antisemite Leuss on antisemitism and 'the Jewish Question'
    6. Antisemitism and 'the Jewish Question' in Dresden
    7. The evolution of Bernstein's stance on antisemitism and 'the Jewish Question'
    Conclusion.

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    Lars Fischer, University College London

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