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

For a relatively small area - roughly the size of the state of New Jersey - the region possessed diverse landscapes, settlement types and social structures.

Before the Great War, the region was divided into three parts. On the eastern and western flanks were the Prussian administrative districts of Stade (stretching between the Elbe and the Weser) and Aurich (analogous with East Friesland). In the center was the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg.

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The Study Area


The focus of this study is the far northwest corner of Germany along the North Sea coast from the Elbe to the Ems.