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Germany’s Prophet
Paul de Lagarde and the Origins of Modern Antisemitism
Ulrich Sieg; Linda Ann Marianiello, trans.; Eugene R. Sheppard, fwd.

The Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry

2013 • 368 pp. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4”
Biography - Philosophers / German History / Nationalism

$45.00 Hardcover, 978-1-58465-755-2

A provocative and disquieting portrait of Bible scholar and founder of modern German antisemitism Paul de Lagarde

Recognized in his own time and also today as a leading scholar of the origins and development of the Septuagint and its sources, Paul de Lagarde (1827–1891) was a vituperative German nationalist and an antisemite whose writings inspired the National Socialist (Nazi) ideology. An influential and controversial public thinker, he invoked an authentic Germanness that encompassed religion and a national ethos to counter the threat posed by the Jews and liberalism. His appeals to a “secret Germany” eventually resonated with modern conservative revolutionaries and notable antisemites from Julius Langbehn and Houston Stewart Chamberlain to Alfred Rosenberg and Adolf Hitler himself.

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ULRICH SIEG is professor of philosophy at the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 14:09:40 -0500