Antisemitic Elements in the Critique of Capitalism in German Culture, 1850-1933

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Peter Lang, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 348 pages
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This volume examines selected works of German literature from Gustav Freytag to Joseph Goebbels in relation to ethical, socio-economic, and political texts from the economic «take off» period in the middle of the nineteenth century up to the rise of National Socialism and investigates two aspects of anti-Semitic anti-capitalistic representations contained therein. First it traces how the Jews gained the dubious distinction of being the inventors, even embodiment, of capitalism and elaborates on negative traits assigned to both of them. Second it examines how representations of specifically Jewish capitalists were instrumentalized both to discredit laissez faire and simultaneously to assist in the definition of a specifically «German» socio-economic ethos.

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Chapter Two The Ascent of Liberalism Attainment of Jewish
Chapter Three The Grunderkrach Great Depression
Chapter Four The Decline of Political Antisemitism to
Chapter Five The Effects of World War I the Weimar Repub
Chapter Six Epilogue

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The Author: Matthew Lange received his doctorate in German literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006 and is currently an Assistant Professor of German at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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