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.