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The pity of it all : a history of the Jews in Germany, 1743-1933 / Amos Elon.

By: Elon, Amos.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2002Edition: 1st ed.Description: 446 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0805059644; 9780805059649; 0713993413; 9780713993417; 9780312422813; 0312422814.Subject(s): Jews -- Germany -- History -- 18th century | Jews -- Germany -- History -- 1800-1933 | Jews -- Germany -- Intellectual life | Germany -- Civilization -- Jewish influences | Jews -- Cultural assimilation -- Germany | Germany -- Ethnic relations | Civilization -- Jewish influences | Ethnic relations | Jews | Jews -- Cultural assimilation | Jews -- Intellectual life | Germany | Joden | Juifs -- Allemagne -- 18e siècle | Juifs -- Allemagne -- 1800-1933 | Juifs -- Allemagne -- Vie intellectuelle -- Histoire | Allemagne -- Civilisation -- Influence juive | Deutschland | Juden | 1700-1933Genre/Form: History. | Authors' autographs (Provenance)DDC classification: 943/.004924 Other classification: 15.70
Contents:
Ancient renown -- The age of Mendelssohn -- Miniature utopias -- Heine and Börne -- Spring of nations -- Hopes and anxieties -- Years of progress -- Assimilation and its discontents -- War fever -- The end.
Summary: A history of German Jews from the mid-eighteenth century to the eve of the Third Reich traces their transformation from cattle dealers and wandering peddlers to a successful community of writers, philosophers, scientists, and activists.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

1. Ancient renown -- 2. The age of Mendelssohn -- 3. Miniature utopias -- 4. Heine and Börne -- 5. Spring of nations -- 6. Hopes and anxieties -- 7. Years of progress -- 8. Assimilation and its discontents -- 9. War fever -- 10. The end.

A history of German Jews from the mid-eighteenth century to the eve of the Third Reich traces their transformation from cattle dealers and wandering peddlers to a successful community of writers, philosophers, scientists, and activists.

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German Jews were among the first in the modern era to attempt to be both Jewish and national simultaneously. Elon author of over half a dozen books on Jewish history argues that this fusion often caused dissonance, which manifested itself in a number of intellectual movements, from radical assimilation to Zionism. Elon re-creates the German Jewish intellectual world through collective biography, whereby individuals are chosen as archetypes to understand the challenges and accomplishments of the entire German Jewish community. Such an approach can be dangerous, relying as it does on those who have left some sort of literary or political remnant. Elon, however, usually avoids this trap by focusing on the public side of German-Jewish life. Indeed, Elon's study charts a similar intellectual pattern to Ritchie Robertson's (The Jewish Question in German Literature, 1749-1939: Emancipation and Its Discontents). Unlike Robertson, who concentrated on its literary and philosophical manifestations, Elon examines a wider spectrum, including political and economic thought. Perhaps the most interesting chapter is "War Fever," which brings into stark contrast the responses of these various intellectual movements to total war in 1914. This work provides fascinating insight into the Jewish dilemma of coping with modernity. Recommended for most libraries. Frederic Krome, Jacob Rader Marcus Ctr. of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Amos Elon is the author of eight widely praised books, including Founder: A Portrait of the First Rothschild and the New York Times bestseller Israelis: Founders and Son s. A frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and The New York Review of Books , he divides his time between Jerusalem and Tuscany.

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