Peasants and Jews: Anti-Semitism and Rural Politics in Northwest Germany

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I have created this website to display my project on peasant/Jewish relations in the area bounded by the rivers Elbe and Ems. It also augments the monograph, Anti-Semitism and Rural Politics in Northwest Germany, that has grown out of the project. My completed manuscript is due to Bloomsbury Press in June 2016, with the book to be published in Fall/Winter 2016.

The Peasants and Jews project addresses the troubling conundrum of how the liberal political order that existed along Germany’s North Sea coast before the Great War was overturned as the rural population embraced National Socialism. Drawing upon material collected in 30 archives and culled from 37 newspapers, this study both clarifies and reassesses numerous shibboleths about the nature of rural politics and the growth of radical Antisemitism.

The innovative heart of this study is cutting-edge statistical and GIS technology. I have mapped, correlated, and analyzed election results and census data from 582 polling places between the Elbe and the Ems for the 14 national elections between 1893 and 1933. With this website, I hope to display the richness of my data and make more sophisticated micro- and macro-level arguments than would be the case within the confines of a paper text.

I am currently migrating pages from an earlier website. You can find my original website here.