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Sites of European Antisemitism in the Age of Mass Politics, 1880–1918

Robert Nemes, ed.; Daniel Unowsky, ed.

With an Afterward by Hillel J. Kieval

Sites of European AntisemitismExplores local incidents of antisemitism and antisemitic violence across Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

This innovative collection of essays on the upsurge of antisemitism across Europe in the decades around 1900 shifts the focus away from intellectuals and well-known incidents to less-familiar events, actors, and locations, including smaller towns and villages. This “from below” perspective offers a new look at a much-studied phenomenon: essays link provincial violence and antisemitic politics with regional, state, and even transnational trends. Featuring a diverse array of geographies that include Great Britain, France, Austria-Hungary, Romania, Italy, Greece, and the Russian Empire, the book demonstrates the complex interplay of many factors—economic, religious, political, and personal—that led people to attack their Jewish neighbors.

“[These essays] open up manifestations of hostility, conflict, and violence that are both numerous and varied…[The] field of vision is wide.  It encompasses speech, the dissemination of the written word, criminal litigation, economic boycott, political protest, and finally, acts of physical violence.”– from the afterward by Hillel J. Kieval

ROBERT NEMES is associate professor of history, Colgate University. DANIEL UNOWSKY is professor of history, University of Memphis.

This book can be purchased directly through the University Press of New England.

Jewish Philosophical Politics in Germany, 1789–1848

Sven-Erik Rose

A provocatJewish Philosphical Politicsive look at how Jewish intellectuals thought about Jewish religion and existence within a German philosophical tradition

In this book Rose illuminates the extraordinary creativity of Jewish intellectuals as they reevaluated Judaism with the tools of a German philosophical tradition fast emerging as central to modern intellectual life. While previous work emphasizes the “subversive” dimensions of German-Jewish thought or the “inner antisemitism” of the German philosophical tradition, Rose shows convincingly the tremendous resources German philosophy offered contemporary Jews for thinking about the place of Jews in the wider polity. Offering a fundamental reevaluation of seminal figures and key texts, Rose emphasizes the productive encounter between Jewish intellectuals and German philosophy. He brings to light both the complexity and the ambivalence of reflecting on Jewish identity and politics from within a German tradition that invested tremendous faith in the political efficacy of philosophical thought itself.

“Rose offers a fundamental reevaluation of seminal figures and key texts, and he does so by blending careful and rigorous close reading with an equally conscientious attention to historical and philosophical context.  Indeed, in terms of the rigor of its arguments and the ease and elegance with which Rose moves between interpretations of texts by Jewish intellectuals and equally trenchant analysis of texts by their interlocutors in the German philosophical tradition, this book is truly without peers.” – Jonathan Hess, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

SVEN-ERIK ROSE is assistant professor of German, University of California, Davis.

This book can be purchased directly through the University Press of New England.