Altgeld, Wolfgang: Katholizismus, Protestantismus, Judentum
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Altgeld, Wolfgang: Katholizismus, Protestantismus, Judentum.
Über religiös begründete Gegensätze und nationalreligiöse Ideen in der Geschichte
des deutschen Nationalismus, Mainz 1992

(Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für Zeitgeschichte, Reihe B: Forschungen, Bd. 59)

Wolfgang Altgeld: Katholizismus, Protestantismus, Judentum. Über religiös begründete Gegensätze und nationalreligiöse Ideen in der Geschichte des deutschen Nationalismus.

Wolfgang Altgeld: Katholizismus, Protestantismus, Judentum. Über religiös begründete Gegensätze und nationalreligiöse Ideen in der Geschichte des deutschen Nationalismus.

This book by Wolfgang Altgeld, the first of a three-volume study, examines the early history of German national consciousness between the later Enlightenment and the founding of the Wilhelmine Empire as a moment of inter-denominational conflict. It also considers the significance of religious and confessional contrasts for the evolution of nationalism. Transforming and radicalizing processes, from anti-Judaism and anti-Catholicism to anti-Christian and neo-pagan initiatives, can thus be understood in both their theological and political contexts. Altgeld shows that the national idea was not simply confronted with the after-effects of the original confessional schism but rather with its modern, dynamic amplifications in which German nationalism, essentially Protestant in character, played an outstanding role. In the process, Altgeld paints a differentiated picture of the relationship between modernization, secularization, and nationalization.

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