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Author Joskowicz, Ari.

Title The modernity of others : Jewish anti-Catholicism in Germany and France / Ari Joskowicz
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (388 pages) : illustrations
Series Stanford studies in Jewish history and culture
Stanford studies in Jewish history and culture.
Contents Antisemitism, anti-Catholicism, and anticlericalism -- Jewish anticlericalism and the making of modern citizenship in the late Enlightenment -- Romanticism, Catholicism, and oppositional anticlericalism -- Reforming Judaism, defending the family : Jews in the Catholic-liberal conflicts at mid-century -- Jews in the transnational culture wars : secularism and anti-Papal rhetoric -- Representative secularism : Jewish members of parliament and religious debate -- Nationalism, antisemitism, and the decline of Jewish anti-Catholicism -- Conclusion : rethinking European secularism from a minority perspective
Summary The most prominent story of 19th century German & French Jewry has focused on Jews' adoption of liberal middle-class values. Joskowicz points to an equally powerful aspect of modern Jewish history: the extent to which German and French Jews sought to become modern by criticising the anti-modern positions of the Catholic Church. From the moment in which Jews began to enter the fray of modern European politics, they found that Catholicism served as a convenient foil that helped them define what it meant to be a good citizen, to practice a respectable religion, and to have a healthy family life
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Anti-Catholicism -- France -- History -- 19th century.
Anti-Catholicism -- Germany -- History -- 19th century.
Anti-clericalism -- France -- History -- 19th century.
Anti-clericalism -- Germany -- History -- 19th century.
Jews -- France -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Jews -- Germany -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0804788405 (electronic bk.)
9780804788403 (electronic bk.)