Faculty Book: Dagmar Herzog
Intimacy and Exclusion: Religious Politics in Pre-Revolutionary Baden
(Transaction Publishers, 2007)
In this path-breaking work, Dagmar Herzog situates the birth of German liberalism in the religious conflicts of the nineteenth century. Using insights drawn from Jewish and women's studies, she demonstrates how profoundly liberal, conservative, and radical thought in the pre-revolutionary years was shaped by Christianity's problematic relationships to both Judaism and sexuality. In particular, she reveals how often conflicts over the private sphere and the "politics of the personal" determined larger political matters. She also documents the unexpected rise of a politically sophisticated religious right led by conservative Catholics, and explores liberals' ensuing eagerness to advance a humanist version of Christianity. She examines the limitations at the heart of the liberal project, as well as the difficulties encountered by philo-Semitic and feminist radicals as they strove to reconceptualize both classical liberalism and Christianity in order to make room for the claims of Jews and women. Dagmar Herzog is Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar and a professor of history at the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: SEP 30, 2007