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Edited by Andrea Hammel and Anthony Grenville

Exile and Everyday Life focusses on the everyday life experience of refugees fleeing National Socialism in the 1930s and 1940s as well as the representation of this experience in literature and culture. The contributions in this volume show experiences of loss, strategies of adaptation and the creation of a new identity and life. It covers topics such as Exile in Shanghai, Ireland, the US and the UK, food in exile, the writers Gina Kaus, Vicki Baum and Jean Améry, refugees in the medical profession and the creative arts, and the Kindertransport to the UK.

Conquête ottomane de l'Égypte (1517)

Arrière-plan, impact, échos

Edited by Benjamin Lellouch and Nicolas Michel

Conquête ottomane de l’Égypte (1517) est le premier ouvrage collectif consacré à la victoire de Selīm Ier sur les Mamelouks, qui a fait du sultanat ottoman l’unique puissance musulmane en Méditerranée orientale, et ravalé l’Égypte au rang de province. Il en renouvelle l’approche en faisant appel à des sources ottomanes, arabes et occidentales très variées.
Les contributions réunies par Benjamin Lellouch et Nicolas Michel s’attachent à mesurer les transformations structurelles qu’a induites l’événement dans la société, les pouvoirs, la culture littéraire, artistique et matérielle en Égypte. Elles explorent ses antécédents et son impact géopolitique, et restituent les échos, bruyants puis assourdis, qu’il a suscités, au Proche-Orient, en Italie, et plus généralement en Méditerranée.

Conquête ottomane de l’Égypte (1517) is the first collective work that deals with Selīm Ist’s crushing victory over the Mamluks, which made the Ottoman sultanate into the sole remaining Muslim power in the eastern Mediterranean, and reduced Egypt to the rank of a province. The book offers new insights into this major event by using a wide range of Ottoman and Arabic as well as Western sources.
These essays in French and English collected by Benjamin Lellouch and Nicolas Michel examine to what extent the Ottoman conquest altered the structures of Egyptian society, power relations, literature, arts and material culture. They explore both its backgrounds and geopolitical aftermath, and reconstruct its echoes - loud at first, then gradually fading out - in the Middle East, Italy, and the Mediterranean.


Steven Lowenstein

Jüdische Identität fußt auf der Religion. Bis ins 19. Jahrhundert hinein bestimmte die Religion, nicht nur über den Glauben, sondern auch durch Gesetze und Weisungen das Alltagsleben der deutschen Juden bis ins Detail. Durch den langwierigen Prozess der rechtlichen Gleichstellung der Juden und die rapiden sozialen, wirtschaftlichen und kulturellen Veränderungen der Moderne kam es zu fundamentalen Veränderungen jüdischer Religiosität.
Steven Lowenstein zeigt, wie die jüdische Religion nicht nur durch die zunehmende Säkularisierung der westlichen Gesellschaften herausgefordert wurde, sondern im frühen 20. Jahrhundert ebenfalls durch die Herausbildung des jüdischen Nationalismus, des Zionismus. Während des Nationalsozialismus waren Synagogen und religiöse Autoritätspersonen Fixpunkte für die bedrängten deutschen Juden. Im Nachkriegsdeutschland kam es zu einer sehr partiellen religiösen Rekonstruktion jüdischen Lebens, das sich, wie schon im 19. Jahrhundert, in einer fragmentierten religiösen jüdischen Landschaft widerspiegelte.

Sensationalizing the Jewish Question

Anti-Semitic Trials and the Press in the Early German Empire


Barnet P. Hartson

Historians have generally assumed that the French Dreyfus Affair had no counterpart in turn-of-the-century Germany. However, while no single anti-Semitic trial in Germany had the social and political impact of the Dreyfus Affair, a series of sensational court cases did have a significant influence on the growth and development of anti-Semitism in Imperial Germany. These trials, which included prominent libel cases and several ritual murder accusations, frequently spurred debates in the German press about the nature of Judaism and the role and influence of Jews in German society. This book examines the nature of these anti-Semitic affairs, assesses their role in German politics, and evaluates their effect on the overall development of German anti-Semitism.

Edited by George Raudzens

How did Europeans prevail in conquering the so-called New World and beyond? For several years scholars have seen an answer to that question in the “Guns, Germs, and Steel” theories of experts like Jared Diamond; namely, that because of superior technology and the introduction of catastrophic disease into the Americas, Europeans succeeded in conquering and colonizing the indigenous peoples. But other historians, including the experts in this volume, think the “Guns and Germs” theories too facile and oversimplified. Noted military historian George Raudzens assembles an international team of scholars in Technology, Disease, and Colonial Conquests, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries to look at the other side of the coin. The “conquered” may actually have had superior technology, including better communication and transportation; and the effects of disease were equally devastating upon the invaders and the invaded. Myriad factors not explained by the Guns and Germs theories contributed to the success of European colonization. This volume keeps an open mind to those.

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Recreating Ancient History

Episodes from the Greek and Roman Past in the Arts and Literature of the Early Modern Period

Karl A. E.. Enenkel, Jan de Jong and Jeanine de Landtsheer

The papers in this volume offer examples of how historians, writers, playwrights, and painters in the early modern period used ancient history as a rich field of raw material that could be used, recycled, and adapted to new needs and purposes. They focused on classical antiquity as a source from which they could recreate the past as a way of understanding and legitimizing the present. The contributors to this volume have addressed a number of important, common issues that span a wide range of subjects from fifteenth-century Italian painting to the teaching of Greek history in eighteenth-century Germany. This volume is of interest for historians of the early modern period from all disciplines and for all those interested in the reception of classical antiquity.

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Der Kaiser in England

Wilhelm II. und sein Bild in der britischen Öffentlichkeit


Lothar Reinermann