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Jewish high society in Old Regime Berlin

Author: Deborah Sadie Hertz
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1988.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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During the quarter century between 1780 and 1806, Berlin's courtly and intellectual elites gathered in the homes of a few wealthy, cultivated Jewish women to discuss the events of the day. Princes, nobles, upwardly mobile writers, actors, and beautiful Jewish women flocked to the salons of Rahel Varnhagen, Henriette Herz, and Dorothea von Courland, creating both a new cultural institution and an example of social  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Courland, Dorothea von
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Hertz, Deborah Sadie.
Jewish high society in Old Regime Berlin.
New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1988
(DLC) 87016003
(OCoLC)16224291
Named Person: Henriette Herz; Rahel Varnhagen
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah Sadie Hertz
ISBN: 9780300242713 0300242719
OCLC Number: 1035556608
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 299 pages) : illustrations, portraits.
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Illustrations --
Figures --
Preface --
Abbreviations --
ONE. Introduction: Why Salons? --
TWO. Social Structure --
THREE. The Male Intelligentsia --
FOUR. Public Leisure and the Rise of Salons --
FIVE. Salon Men --
SIX. Salon Women --
SEVEN. Seductive Conversion and Romantic Intermarriage --
EIGHT. The Decline of Salons --
Bibliographic Note --
Index
Responsibility: Deborah Hertz.
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Abstract:

During the quarter century between 1780 and 1806, Berlin's courtly and intellectual elites gathered in the homes of a few wealthy, cultivated Jewish women to discuss the events of the day. Princes, nobles, upwardly mobile writers, actors, and beautiful Jewish women flocked to the salons of Rahel Varnhagen, Henriette Herz, and Dorothea von Courland, creating both a new cultural institution and an example of social mixing unprecedented in the German past. In this book, Deborah Hertz offers the first detailed history of these salons, using rich narrative as well as analytic social history to explain why such an institution arose and what it meant to those involved. Hertz reconstructs the cultural and social context that nurtured salon life, describing how the salons emerged out of courtly society, commercial leisure institutions, and the city's new intellectual clubs. Using a collective biography of one hundred participants in sixteen salons, Hertz shows that there were complex social and personal motives for salon participation. Noblemen, for example, needed Jewish financiers for private loans, but they also wanted access to more progressive cultural currents. For Jewish women, salon leadership offered not only an escape from a restricted home life but also social and personal power, power that was frequently consolidated in their upwardly mobile marriages to noblemen. However advantageous and stimulating these salons were for their participants, they were the product of a transitory convergence of social and cultural structures. Hertz concludes by exploring how both underground antisemitic gossip and the new patriotism unleashed by the upheavals in Prussia after 1806 destroyed Jewish salon life in Berlin.

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