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THINKING WITH THE PAST
Professor Jonathan Steinberg, University of Pennsylvania
Bismarck, Anti-Semitism and the Tragedy of German Jewry
In 1880 the Prussian Lower House, the Landtag, debated the ‘Jewish Question’ as if thousands of German Jews had suddenly become no longer German. The wave of anti-semitic agitation and publications reached the highest level of society. Bismarck let it all happen and took no steps to counter the movement. Why he acted as he did in spite of his good relations with many prominent Jews shines a lurid light on Bismarck’s political tactics and marks the moment when the German Jewish community no longer felt safe.
Jonathan Steinberg is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Modern European History at the University of Pennsylvania, former Chair of the Department of History, and is an Emeritus Fellow, Trinity Hall, Cambridge. His most recent book, Bismarck: A Life (Oxford University Press, New York and Oxford, 2011), was short-listed for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, June 2011 and short-listed for the Duff Cooper Prize in London, February 2012. The German edition with the title, Bismarck: Magier der Macht was published by Propyläen Verlag, an imprimatur of Ullstein Verlag of Berlin and is listed as a ‘bestseller’. Contracts have been signed for Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Romanian editions. The Danish edition published by Sohn of Copenhagen appeared in September 2012.
Book signing to follow; books provided by the Penn Book Center.
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