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Author Pickus, Keith H., 1959- author

Title Constructing modern identities : Jewish university students in Germany, 1815-1914 / Keith H. Pickus
Published Detroit : Wayne State University Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (222 pages)
Summary The emergence of Jewish student associations in 1881 provided a forum for Jews to openly proclaim their religious heritage. By examining the lives and social dynamics of Jewish university students, Keith Pickus shows how German Jews rearranged their self-images and redefined what it meant to be Jewish. Not only did the identities crafted by these students enable them to actively participate in German society, they also left an indelible imprint on contemporary Jewish culture. Pickus's portrayal of the mutability and social function of Jewish self-definition challenges previous scholarship that depicts Jewish identity as a static ideological phenomenon. By illuminating how identities fluctuated throughout life, he demonstrates that adjusting one's social relationships to accommodate the Gentile and Jewish worlds became the norm rather than the exception for 19th-century German Jews
Notes The publication of this volume in a freely accessible digital format has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation through their Humanities Open Book Program
Audience Professional and scholarly
Notes Keith H. Pickus was Vice Ppesident for Corporate and Foundation Relations at Wichita State University and the author of Our Only Hope: Eddie's Holocaust Story and the Weisz Family Correspondence
Subject Jewish college students -- Germany -- History -- 19th century.
Jewish college students -- Germany -- Societies, etc. -- History -- 19th century.
Jews -- Germany -- History -- 1800-1933.
Jews -- Germany -- Identity.
Germany -- Ethnic relations.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0814343511
Other Titles Wayne State University Libraries Digital Collections