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English and German Nationalist and Anti-Semitic Discourse, 1871-1945

Horan, Geraldine / Rash, Felicity / Wildmann, Daniel (eds)

English and German Nationalist and Anti-Semitic Discourse, 1871-1945

Series: German Linguistic and Cultural Studies - Volume 25

Year of Publication: 2013

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2013. VI, 264 pp.
ISBN 978-3-0343-0258-6 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.380 kg, 0.838 lbs

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Book synopsis

This volume contains selected papers from an international conference of the same name held at Queen Mary, University of London, on 10-11 November 2010. The contributions from scholars working in the fields of modern political and cultural history, political science, modern European literature and linguistics provide interdisciplinary perspectives on nationalism and anti-Semitism in English- and German- language contexts from the beginning of the German Second Reich (1871) to the end of World War II (1945). Some articles examine critically theoretical constructs used to justify and defend anti-Semitism in Germany, focusing on the realms of science, music, the press and film. Others discuss the role of anti-Semitism in constructing völkisch-nationalist notions of ‘German’ identity, as well as discourses of German colonialism. As a counterpart to German perspectives, several articles chart contemporary British reactions to German anti-Semitism and radical nationalism.


Contents: Geraldine Horan/Felicity Rash/Daniel Wildmann: Introduction – Felicity Rash: Contextualizing Nationalism and Anti-Semitism 1871-1945 – Ulrich Charpa: Anti-Semitism as Mental Mechanism: A Model Suggested by Some Similarities between Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitisms in Music and Science – Stefan Hüpping: ‘Mag der Jude seine Religion behalten, wenn er sich nur zum Deutschtum bekennt’: The Philo-Semitic Nationalism of Friedrich von Oppeln-Bronikowski (1883-1936) as a Paradigm of German Conservative Thinking – Isabelle Engelhardt: A Political Catholic View: Discourses on the Judenfrage in the Daily Newspaper Germania 1918-1933 – Helen Roche: ‘In Sparta fühlte ich mich wie in einer deutschen Stadt’ (Goebbels): The Leaders of the Third Reich and the Spartan Nationalist Paradigm – Karin Stögner: On Anti-Semitism and Nationalism at the fin de siècle: Walter Benjamin’s Critique of the German Youth Movement – Martin Weidinger: Fridericus, Madame Dubarry and die Nibelungen: The (Nationalist) Politics of Historical Films in Weimar Germany – Simone Beate Borgstede: Dr Ernst Henrici: Just a ‘well-known arsonist’ of the German Kaiserreich or Foreman in the Production of an Aryan Volksgemeinschaft? – Stephanie Seul: British Press Coverage of German Anti-Semitism in the Early Weimar Republic, 1918-1923 – Russell M. Wallis: ‘Good’ Germans, ‘Bad’ Nazis and British Reactions to the Holocaust – Egbert Klautke: Perfidious Albion: Wilhelm Wundt’s Völkerpsychologie and Anti-English Propaganda during World War I.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Geraldine Horan is Lecturer in German Language and Linguistics at University College London. She is the author of Mothers, Warriors, Guardians of the Soul. Female Discourse in National Socialism, 1924-1934 (2003) and co-editor of Landmarks in the History of the German Language (2009, repr. 2012) and has recently published on a range of linguistic topics, including the language of German and Irish women nationalists in the early twentieth century.
Felicity Rash is Professor of German Linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London. She is the author of The Language of Violence (2006), a close linguistics analysis of Hitler’s Mein Kampf. She is currently researching the role of the German ‘protectorates’ during the First World War and organizing a conference to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of that war.
Daniel Wildmann is the Deputy Director of the Leo Baeck Institute London and Senior Lecturer in History at Queen Mary, University of London. His most recent monograph is Der veränderbare Körper. Jüdische Turner, Männlichkeit und das Wiedergewinnen von Geschichte in Deutschland um 1900 (2009). He is currently working on a new project titled ‘A History of Visual Expressions of Anti-Semitism, Emotions and Morality’.


German Linguistic and Cultural Studies. Vol. 25
Edited by Peter Rolf Lutzeier