Why the Germans? Why the Jews?: Envy, Race Hatred, and the Prehistory of the Holocaust

Why the Germans? Why the Jews?: Envy, Race Hatred, and the Prehistory of the Holocaust

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Countless people have grappled with these questions, but few have come up with answers as original and perceptive as those of German historian Gotz Aly. Tracing the prehistory of the Holocaust, from the 1800s to the Nazis' assumption of power in 1933, Aly shows that German anti-Semitism did not originate with racist ideology or religious animosity, as is often supposed. Instead, through striking statistics and economic analysis, he demonstrates that it was rooted in a more basic emotion: material envy. Resenting the success of the urban, well-educated Jewish minority in the rapidly modernizing world, Germans embraced compensatory theories of Jewish racial inferiority. And the growing resentment, pervading society, provided fertile ground for Hitler and his genocidal politics.

PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9781250062642
BY (AUTHOR) Aly, Gotz
PUBLISHER : St Martin's Press PUBLICATION DATE : May 01, 2015
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United States IMPRINT : St Martin's Press
LANGUAGE : English AGE : General
PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback
DIMENSION : 226 mm x 144 mm
WEIGHT : 282 g

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
History & Archaeology
Philosophy & Religion
DESCRIPTION :
Countless people have grappled with these questions, but few have come up with answers as original and perceptive as those of German historian Gotz Aly. Tracing the prehistory of the Holocaust, from the 1800s to the Nazis' assumption of power in 1933, Aly shows that German anti-Semitism did not originate with racist ideology or religious animosity, as is often supposed. Instead, through striking statistics and economic analysis, he demonstrates that it was rooted in a more basic emotion: material envy. Resenting the success of the urban, well-educated Jewish minority in the rapidly modernizing world, Germans embraced compensatory theories of Jewish racial inferiority. And the growing resentment, pervading society, provided fertile ground for Hitler and his genocidal politics.

PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9781250062642
BY (AUTHOR) Aly, Gotz
PUBLISHER : St Martin's Press PUBLICATION DATE : May 01, 2015
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United States IMPRINT : St Martin's Press
LANGUAGE : English AGE : General
PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback
DIMENSION : 226 mm x 144 mm
WEIGHT : 282 g

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
History & Archaeology
Philosophy & Religion