The Continuities of German History: Nation, Religion, and Race Across the Long Nineteenth Century
This book addresses the long term of German history, tracing ideas and politics across what have become sharp chronological breaks. Smith argues that current historiography has become ever more focused on the twentieth century, and on twentieth-century explanations for the German catastrophe. Against conventional wisdom, he considers continuities in the concept of nation a...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Cambridge University Press
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It's amazing that books like this still get written, especially given the extensive scholarship done on the 19th century in Germany and the development of ideas of race and anti-Semitism in the German states and then after 1870. Smith, a self-loathing German, I guess, contends that anti-Semitism has underpinned German history, identity, and memory since the time of Martin Luther. This is all very nice but unfortunately does not consider any of the aforementioned scholarship (which focuses on the...more