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

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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

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This collection of articles is selected from papers delivered at the inter- national conference ‘English and German Nationalist and Anti-Semitic Discourse (1871–1945)’, held at Queen Mary, University of London, on 10–11 November 2010. The conference was organized jointly by Felicity Rash, School of Languages, Linguistics and Film (SLLF), Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL); Geraldine Horan, Department of German, University College London; Daniel Wildmann, Deputy Director, Leo Baeck Institute, London; and Stefan Baumgarten, Research Assistant in SLLF, QMUL. Its chief aim was to contribute to and promote the study of nationalism and anti-Semitism in English language and German con- texts from the beginning of the German Second Reich (1871) to the end of World War II (1945). Another aim of the conference was to provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary contacts between researchers working in the fields of discourse analysis, political science, historiography and other disciplines. Several of the articles in this volume deal critically with the theoreti- cal constructs designed to justify and define anti-Semitism in Germany during the period. Felicity Rash establishes a historical, theoretical context for the volume by outlining the ideologies behind nationalism and anti- Semitism and their manifestations in Britain and Germany. Attempts to denigrate Jews at the expense of other races and nations are described by Ulrich Charpa, who traces parallels (as they were perceived in Germany in the nineteenth century) between musical and scientific advance: progress on these two fronts depended on the personal genius of individuals with certain well-defined characteristics,...

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