This unique study makes an important contribution to an understanding of the changing problem of "Jewishness" in a German environment as it presented itself to a privileged group of German Jews. A group biography, the book examines the socio-cultural profile of members of the German-Jewish economic A(c)lite. It presents a detailed picture of the group, based largely on autobiographical material; it covers matters such as attitudes to Judaism, relations at different levels with Gentiles and with other Jews, marriage patterns, the public role, political culture, cultural activities, and patronage. The major underlying theme is the conflict between the preservation of the Jewish identity, and integration into the surrounding society. Different forms of self-identification are examined, as well as various patterns of conformity.
'an absorbing book' Times Higher Education Supplement 'a subtle, nuanced and sympathetic account of an important subject, full of illuminating detail and suggestive examples' Times Literary Supplement 'This well-written, well-structured and highly informative book is a worthy companion to the earlier work and is a must for anyone interested in German Jewry.' EHR Oct '90 'This fascinating book is a major contribution to German-Jewish sociology.' Ritchie Robertson, St John's College, Oxford, German History, Vol.8, No.3, 1990 'an indispensable companion volume to Professor Mosse's recent work of economic history, Jews in the German Economy ... This fascinating book is a major contribution to German-Jewish sociology.' Ritchie Robertson, St John's College, Oxford, German History, Vol.8, No.3, 1990
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 12th October 1989
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.2 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.62