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When, How, and Why Did Jews Become a “Minority”? Remapping Difference in Central Europe, 1815-1919 517When, How, and Why Did Jews Become a “Minority”? Remapping Difference in Central Europe, 1815-1919 Willard Hall 00611/17/2022 9:00:00 PM11/17/2022 11:00:00 PM<img alt="" src="/CASEventsImages/Center%20Global%20and%20Area%20Studies%20(Humanities)/The_Glorious_Minority_in_1763,_With_the_Head_of_the_Majority_Blason%27d_(BM_1868,0808.4287).jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />GP0|#3841822e-14d7-4e4e-97c4-558d6745ac8a;L0|#03841822e-14d7-4e4e-97c4-558d6745ac8a|Lecture/Talk;GTSet|#40f43609-b3a6-498e-b810-f62732269299;GPP|#7ae17a5c-653c-4d0b-96a7-3b708b59814d;GP0|#9a406345-6363-487f-b7a2-2487ce811c97;L0|#09a406345-6363-487f-b7a2-2487ce811c97|European Studies;GTSet|#40f43609-b3a6-498e-b810-f62732269299;GPP|#2f14e06b-e911-4031-ae08-53cff45937a6;GP0|#891d5242-d001-45f4-b308-45df45b1bc35;L0|#0891d5242-d001-45f4-b308-45df45b1bc35|Jewish Studies;GTSet|#40f43609-b3a6-498e-b810-f62732269299;GPP|#2f14e06b-e911-4031-ae08-53cff45937a6Lecture/Talk<p>The conceptual partners of majority/minority frames modern theories of social organization and political rights. But the idea of a dichotomy between majority and (Jewish) minority to describe relations between ethnic or religious groups is recent. Professor Till van Rahden's lecture demonstrates that the arithmetic concept did not exist before 1919, when the idea of democracy and the homogeneous nation-state triumphed in the wake of World War I. Prior to the war, he argues, languages of diversity referred to specific constellations of difference, such as colony or community, churches, nations, races or tribes. The opposition of majority and minority introduced a level of abstraction into struggles over recognition. “Minority rights" for Jews and others became a miracle cure in such conflicts that seemingly offered a universal remedy.​<br></p><p>Sponsored by Jewish Studies, the Department of History, the Center for Global and Area Studies, and European Studies.<br></p>Till van Rahden Professor of German and European Studies, Université de Montréal <p>​Till van Rahden is a professor of German and European Studies at the Université de Montréal where he held a Canada Research Chair from 2006 to 2016. In addition, he is also a research professor at Carleton University and a non-resident senior fellow at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften in Bad Homburg. He earned an M.A. in American history at Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in history (summa cum laude) at the University of Bielefeld. He specializes in European history since the Enlightenment and is interested in the tension between the elusive promise of democratic equality and the recurrent presence of diversity and moral conflicts. Selected publications include <em>Jews and other Germans: Civil Society, Religious Diversity and Urban Politics in Breslau, 1860-1925 </em>(The University of Wisconsin Press, 2008); <em>Demokratie: Eine gefährdete Lebensform</em> (Campus-Verlag, 2019); "Lumpen sammeln: Siegfried Kracauer und die Geschichte des 19. Jahrhunderts," <em>in Historische Zeitschrift 307</em> (2018), pp. 319-340 and <em>Vielheit: Jüdische Geschichte und die Ambivalenzen des Universalismus</em> (Hamburger Edition, 2022).<br></p><img alt="" src="/CASEventsImages/Center%20Global%20and%20Area%20Studies%20(Humanities)/van%20Rahden%20Till.jpeg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />

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