“Drawing on a vast array of sources and informed by a deep knowledge of nineteenth-century theology, philology, and political history, Ulrich Sieg shows us a Lagarde driven by religious and political apocalypticism as well as by a fanatical dedication to positivist scholarship and an insatiable need for love. Sieg’s authoritative biography throws light on not only the contradictory character of the man himself but also on the many different readers who found inspiration in Lagarde’s violent denunciations of Judaism, liberalism, and the spiritually desiccated modern world.” (Suzanne L. Marchand, professor of history, Louisiana State University, and author of German Orientalism in the Age of Empire: Religion, Race and Scholarship)|“Germany’s Prophet easily outdistances earlier Lagarde studies and will serve as a benchmark for scholarship. For anyone interested in the of history of ideas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and especially in the rise and fall of cultural pessimism, this is now the place to start.” (Thomas Meyer, Ludwig-Maximilians-University)|“In Germany’s Prophet the academic roots of modern racial and political antisemitism are clearly outlined. Lagarde was both a respected academic as well as a notorious antisemite, whose academic status provided cover for his politics. Well researched and well written, Sieg’s study is a major biographical addition to the literature on the history of antisemitism and perhaps a litmus test for ‘real’ academic antisemitism.” (Sander L. Gilman, author of Jewish Self-Hatred)
About the Author
ULRICH SIEG is professor of philosophy at the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.