toldot. Essays on Jewish History and Culture

Volume 3


Zur Geschichte einer Metapher

With a foreword by Dan Diner

toldot: Luftmenschen, 2008

Concept and discourse of the »Jewish Luftmensh« around 1900 functions not only as a metaphor for what the 19th century bequeathed to the 20th in form of the »Jewish Question«, but also as a critical comment on modernity as a whole, in which Jews were perceived and described as »rootless«. Bergs book analyses the cultural upspring, development and change of this metaphor with examples from economy, theology, philosophy, science and literature.

245 pp., paperback

Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008

2nd. edition, 2014

240 pp., paperback

ISBN: 978-3-525-35092-8
Price: 20,00 € (D)

ISBN (e-book): 978-3-647-35092-9
Price: 16,99 € (D)


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Daniel Ristau, in: Medaon. Magazin für jüdisches Leben in Forschung und Bildung 3 (2009), no. 5.

Galili Shahar, in: Central European History 42 (2009), 761–763.