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Antisemitism in Galicia: Agitation, Politics, and Violence against Jews in the Late Habsburg Monarchy

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Antisemitism in Galicia

Agitation, Politics, and Violence against Jews in the Late Habsburg Monarchy

Tim Buchen
Translated from the German by Charlotte Hughes-Kreutzmüller

326 pages, 16 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-770-5 $140.00/£110.00 / Hb / Published (August 2020)

eISBN 978-1-78920-771-2 eBook

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Recipient of the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland 2011 Scientific Award and the 2012 Immanuel Kant Research Award of the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media


“This is probably the most persuasive historical study of anti-Jewish violence to be published in recent years … Buchen never loses sight of his real human protagonists and is able to convincingly describe their motives.” • H-Soz-u-Kult

“Tim Buchen's prize-winning work casts a bright light on the massive wave of antisemitic violence inflicted on West Galician rural and shtetl Jewry by Polish villagers … This book is a watershed in connecting Christian-Jewish relations to the emergence of modern mass politics in the Polish lands.” • Pol-Int


In the last third of the nineteenth century, the discourse on the “Jewish question” in the Habsburg crownlands of Galicia changed fundamentally, as clerical and populist politicians emerged to denounce the Jewish assimilation and citizenship. This pioneering study investigates the interaction of agitation, violence, and politics against Jews on the periphery of the Danube monarchy. In its comprehensive analysis of the functions and limitations of propaganda, rumors, and mass media, it shows just how significant antisemitism was to the politics of coexistence among Christians and Jews on the eve of the Great War.

Tim Buchen is the BKM Junior Professor for Social and Economic Networks of Germans in Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries at Technische Universität Dresden.

Subject: History: 18th/19th CenturyJewish Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe


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