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Rethinking the Age of Emancipation: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives on Gender, Family, and Religion in Italy and Germany, 1800–1918

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Rethinking the Age of Emancipation

Comparative and Transnational Perspectives on Gender, Family, and Religion in Italy and Germany, 1800–1918

Edited by Martin Baumeister, Philipp Lenhard, and Ruth Nattermann

444 pages, 8 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-632-6 $149.00/£110.00 Hb Published (March 2020)

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“With a genuinely transnational perspective, this volume avoids the pitfalls of a simple juxtaposition of parallel stories, German and Italian, entrenched in the narrative tradition of national history. It presents an original standpoint on gender as well as Jewish studies.” • Asher Salah, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Since the end of the nineteenth century, traditional historiography has emphasized the similarities between Italy and Germany as “late nations”, including the parallel roles of “great men” such as Bismarck and Cavour. Rethinking the Age of Emancipation aims at a critical reassessment of the development of these two “late” nations from a new and transnational perspective. Essays by an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars examine the discursive relationships among nationalism, war, and emancipation as well as the ambiguous roles of historical protagonists with competing national, political, and religious loyalties.

Martin Baumeister is Director of the German Historical Institute in Rome.

Philipp Lenhard is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Jewish History and Culture at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.

Ruth Nattermann is Assistant Professor at the Department of European History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. She has been principal investigator of the international DFG-network of scholars “Gender – Nation – Emancipation”.

Subject: History: 18th/19th Century Jewish Studies Gender Studies and Sexuality Sociology
Area: Europe


List of Illustrations

Martin Baumeister, Philipp Lenhard, Ruth Nattermann

Section 1: Concepts and Perspectives

Chapter 1. Nineteenth-Century Italy and Germany beyond National History
Amerigo Caruso

Chapter 2. Rethinking Nation and Family
Ilaria Porciani

Section 2: Family and Nation

Chapter 3. The Morenos between Family and Nation: Notes on the History of a Bourgeois Mediterranean Jewish family (1850–1912)
Marcella Simoni

Chapter 4. Portrait of a “Political Lady”: Family Ties and National Activism around 1848 in the Italian and German States
Giulia Frontoni

Chapter 5. Emancipation, Religious Affiliation, and Family Status around 1900
Angelika Schaser

Section 3: Religion and Education

Chapter 6. The Legacy of Adam and Eve: Morality and Gender in Jewish “Catechisms” in Nineteenth-Century Germany
Philipp Lenhard

Chapter 7. The Transformation of Jewish Education in Nineteenth-Century Italy: The Meaning of “Catechisms”
Silvia Guetta

Chapter 8. Religion and Nation: Catholic and Protestant Female Education and Cultural Models in Germany (1871–1914)
Sylvia Schraut

Chapter 9. Women for the Homeland: Comparing Catholic and Protestant Female Education in Italy (1848–1908)
Liviana Gazzetta

Section 4: Politics of Women’s Emancipation

Chapter 10. Denomination Matters: Strategies of Self-Designation of the German Women’s Movement
Anne-Laure Briatte

Chapter 11. German and Italian Advocates for Women’s Emancipation at the International Congress for Women’s Achievements and Women’s Endeavors in Berlin (1896)
Magdalena Gehring

Section 5: Patriotism and Gender

Chapter 12. Historian Between Two Fatherlands: Robert Davidsohn and World War I
Martin Baumeister

Chapter 13. Between Motherhood and Patriotic Duty: Marital Correspondence as a Key Source for the Understanding of French-Jewish Women’s Perspectives on World War I
Marie-Christin Lux

Section 6: War and Violence

Chapter 14. "An Expression of Horror and Sadness"? (Non)Communication of War Violence Against Civilians in Ego Documents (Austria-Hungary)
Christa Hämmerle

Chapter 15. Hunger, Rape, Escape: The Many Aspects of Violence against Women and Children in the Territories of the Italian Front
Nadia Maria Filippini

Section 7: War Experience and Memory

Chapter 16. The Construction of the Enemy in Two Jewish Writers: Carolina Coen Luzzatto and Enrica Barzilai Gentilli
Tullia Catalan

Chapter 17. Heroic Fathers, Patriotic Mothers, Fallen Sons: National Belonging and Political Positioning in Italian-Jewish Families’ Versions of World War I
Ruth Nattermann

Chapter 18. The Commemoration of Jewish Soldiers in Austria
Gerald Lamprecht


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