Germany’s Prophet

Paul de Lagarde and the Origins of Modern Antisemitism

Ulrich Sieg

Germany’s Prophet

Ulrich Sieg

Distributed for Brandeis University Press

368 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781584657552 Published June 2013
Recognized in his own time and also today as a leading scholar of the origins and development of the Septuagint and its sources, Paul de Lagarde (1827–1891) was a vituperative German nationalist and an antisemite whose writings inspired the National Socialist (Nazi) ideology. An influential and controversial public thinker, he invoked an authentic Germanness that encompassed religion and a national ethos to counter the threat posed by the Jews and liberalism. His appeals to a “secret Germany” eventually resonated with modern conservative revolutionaries and notable antisemites from Julius Langbehn and Houston Stewart Chamberlain to Alfred Rosenberg and Adolf Hitler himself.
Contents
Foreword • Author’s Acknowledgments: Special Thanks • Translator’s Comments• A Man of Contradictions • Dismal Childhood • With Scholarship into the World • A Double Life • Finally a Professor • A House Like a Fortress • An Established Outsider • Future Conspirators • Liberalism: Image of the Enemy • The Camel Sparrow • The Talmud on Trial • Scholarly Failure • Prophet of German Culture • Guiding Intellectual Force of National Socialism• Epilogue • Notes • Index
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