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Description - The Socialist Response to Antisemitism in Imperial Germany by Lars Fischer

What set antisemites apart from anti-antisemites in Imperial Germany was not so much what they thought about 'the Jews', but what they thought should be done about them. Like most anti-antisemites, German Social Democrats felt that the antisemites had a point but took matters too far. In fact, Socialist anti-antisemitism often did not hinge on the antisemites' anti-Jewish orientation at all. Even when it did, the Socialists' arguments generally did more to consolidate than subvert generally accepted notions regarding 'the Jews'. By focusing on a broader set of perceptions accepted by both antisemites and anti-antisemites and drawing a variety of new sources into the debate, this study offers a startling reinterpretation of seemingly well-rehearsed issues, including the influence of Karl Marx's Zur Judenfrage, and the positions of various leading Social Democrats (Franz Mehring, Eduard Bernstein, August Bebel, Wilhelm Liebknecht, Karl Kautsky, Rosa Luxemburg) and their peers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521875523
ISBN-10: 0521875528
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 274
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Lars Fischer

Lars Fischer holds a BA in Modern History with First Class Honours from Queen Mary and Westfield College (University of London) and a PhD from University College London (UCL). He is Lecturer in Modern European History at King's College London and Honorary Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in the UCL Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department. The recipient of a number of prestigious scholarships and prizes, including the Derby Bryce Prize (University of London), Fischer's publications include scholarly articles in Revolutionary Russia and Owl of Minerva. He spent the summer of 2005 in Washington, DC, as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.