Continuities of German History by Helmut Walser Smith
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Continuities of German History
By Helmut Walser Smith

The Continuities of German History

Nation, Religion, and Race Across the Long Nineteenth Century

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Continuities of German History by Helmut Walser Smith

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This book opens the debate about German history in the long term - about how ideas and political forms are traceable across what historians have taken to be the sharp breaks of German history. Smith argues that current historiography has become ever more focused on the twentieth century, and on twentieth-century explanations for the catastrophes at the center of German history. Against conventional wisdom, he considers continuities - nation and nationalism, religion and religious exclusion, 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521720250
ISBN-10: 0521720257
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 254
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Oxford Handbook of Modern German History by Helmut Walser Smith Oxford Handbook of Modern German History, Paperback (February 2015)

A comprehensive, multi-author survey of German history, featuring cutting-edge syntheses of major topics by an international team of thirty five leading scholars.

Continuities of German History by Helmut Walser Smith Continuities of German History, Hardback (April 2008)

Smith reexamines German continuities and sheds new light on nationalism, anti-Semitism and genocide.

Butcher's Tale by Helmut Walser Smith Butcher's Tale, Paperback (December 2003)

One of the most dramatic explorations of a German town in the grip of anti-Semitic passion ever written.

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Author Biography - Helmut Walser Smith

Helmut Walser Smith earned his PhD at Yale. He has held the position of Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of History at Vanderbilt University since 1992. He is the author of German Nationalism and Religious Conflict (1995) and The Butcher's Tale: Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German Town (2002), which won him the Fraenkel Prize for the best work in contemporary history and was named an LA Times Non-Fiction Book of the Year.

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