A History of Habsburg Jews, 1670–1918

A History of Habsburg Jews, 1670–1918

Jr.William O. McCagg
Distribution: World
Publication date: 09/22/1992
Format: Paperback
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


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