William McCagg has done a great service for scholarship-and for Habsburg scholarship in particular-through his book. Scholars are in his debt." -History of European Ideas
... strongly recommended to those interested in either Jewish or Habsburg history." -American Historical Review
... McCagg tells a fascinating story with expert knowledge, with the sure eye and sound judgment of the experienced historian... " -Midstream
... exceptionally fine research and the time frame of the study which make it quite remarkable and original." -German Politics & Society
William McCagg brings out the extent to which Jews were divided not only as Jews, but also as citizens of Austro-Hungary... McCagg writes perceptively of Kafka's predicament as a German-speaking Jew in Prague, living through the Czech nationalist revival... " -New York Review of Books
Drawing on a wide variety of European sources, McCagg has produced the first history of this important but often forgotten community to be written since the nineteenth century.
Preface 1. Introduction Part I: Choosing a Road, 1670-1800 2. The First Decisions 3. "Self" Denial Begins Part II: The Great Bourgeois Experiment, 1800-1850 4. Vienna's Bourgeoisie 5. Bohemian Breakthrough 6. A Judeophile Revolution Part III: Facing the Challenge, 1850-1875 7. Galician Deadlock 8. Hungarian Success 9. Vienna Confused Part IV: The Catastrophes, 1875-1918 10. Imperialism and Anti-Semitism: Trieste, the Bukowina, Bohemia 11. The Crisis: Galicia, Hungary, Vienne 12. The Collapse: Habsburg Jewry, Class by Class 13. Conclusions Appendix: The Jewish Population of Vienna, 1780-1918 Abbreviations used in notes and bibliography Bibliography Index`