A History of Habsburg Jews, 1670-1918

A History of Habsburg Jews, 1670–1918

William O. McCagg Jr.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 9/1/1992
Format: paper 0 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-20649-7
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Winner of the 1989 Austrian Cultural Institute Prize
“William McCagg has done a great service for scholarship—and for Habsburg scholarship in particular—through his book. Scholars are in his debt.” —History of European Ideas

“ . . . strongly recommended to those interested in either Jewish or Habsburg history.” —
American Historical Review

“ . . . McCagg tells a fascinating story with expert knowledge, with the sure eye and sound judgment of the experienced historian . . . ” —
Midstream

“ . . . exceptionally fine research and the time frame of the study which make it quite remarkable and original.” —
German Politics & Society

“William McCagg brings out the extent to which Jews were divided not only as Jews, but also as citizens of Austro-Hungary . . . McCagg writes perceptively of Kafka’s predicament as a German-speaking Jew in Prague, living through the Czech nationalist revival . . . ” —
New York Review of Books

Drawing on a wide variety of European sources, McCagg has produced the first history of this important but often forgotten community to be written since the nineteenth century.

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Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction

Part I: Choosing a Road, 1670-1800
2. The First Decisions
3. “Self” Denial Begins

Part II: The Great Bourgeois Experiment, 1800-1850
4. Vienna’s Bourgeoisie
5. Bohemian Breakthrough
6. A Judeophile Revolution

Part III: Facing the Challenge, 1850-1875
7. Galician Deadlock
8. Hungarian Success
9. Vienna Confused

Part IV: The Catastrophes, 1875-1918
10. Imperialism and Anti-Semitism: Trieste, the Bukowina, Bohemia
11. The Crisis: Galicia, Hungary, Vienne
12. The Collapse: Habsburg Jewry, Class by Class
13. Conclusions

Appendix: The Jewish Population of Vienna, 1780-1918
Abbreviations used in notes and bibliography
Bibliography
Index`