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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 nationThis 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....

Title : The Continuities of German History: Nation, Religion, and Race Across the Long Nineteenth Century
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ISBN : 9780521720250
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 246 Pages
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The Continuities of German History: Nation, Religion, and Race Across the Long Nineteenth Century Reviews

  • J.M. Hushour
    2018-10-28 22:10

    It's amazing that books like this still get written, especially given the extensive scholarship done on the 19th century in Germany and the development of ideas of race and anti-Semitism in the German states and then after 1870. Smith, a self-loathing German, I guess, contends that anti-Semitism has underpinned German history, identity, and memory since the time of Martin Luther. This is all very nice but unfortunately does not consider any of the aforementioned scholarship (which focuses on the DIScontinuity of the Nazi era in German history) and instead relies on a pseudo-postmodern analysis of how memory is "constructed" and how memory is "remembered". Whatever. Dismissive and simplistic.

  • Michael Williams
    2018-11-03 15:28

    Probably the definitive work on German anti-Semitism and its role in the "Final Solution."