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


Edited By Geraldine Horan, Felicity Rash and Daniel Wildman

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.


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Geraldine Horan, Felicity Rash and Daniel Wildmann Introduction 1 Felicity Rash Contextualizing Nationalism and Anti-Semitism 1871–1945 5 Ulrich Charpa Anti-Semitism as Mental Mechanism: A Model Suggested by Some Similarities between Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitisms in Music and Science 21 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 49 Isabelle Engelhardt A Political Catholic View: Discourses on the Judenfrage in the Daily Newspaper Germania 1918–1933 71 Helen Roche ‘In Sparta fühlte ich mich wie in einer deutschen Stadt’ (Goebbels): The Leaders of the Third Reich and the Spartan Nationalist Paradigm 91 vi Karin Stögner On Anti-Semitism and Nationalism at the fin de siècle: Walter Benjamin’s Critique of the German Youth Movement 117 Martin Weidinger Fridericus, Madame Dubarry and die Nibelungen: The (Nationalist) Politics of Historical Films in Weimar Germany 145 Simone beate Borgstede Dr Ernst Henrici: Just a ‘well-known arsonist’ of the German Kaiserreich or Foreman in the Production of an Aryan Volksgemeinschaft? 163 Stephanie Seul British Press Coverage of German Anti-Semitism in the Early Weimar Republic, 1918–1923 183 Russell M. Wallis ‘Good’ Germans, ‘Bad’ Nazis and British Reactions to the Holocaust 211 Egbert Klautke Perfidious Albion: Wilhelm Wundt’s Völkerpsychologie and Anti-English Propaganda during World War I 235 Notes on Contributors 257 Index 261

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