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Eric McKinley

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Intimate Strangers: Intermarriage among Jews, Catholics, and Protestants in Germany, 1875-1935

In my dissertation, I intend to show how intermarriage among Jews, Catholics, and Protestants represents a critical social encounter that reveals an array of issues about multiple social relationships in Germany. This triangular approach examines encounters that unfolded in an environment in which the proximity of three cultural types contributed to and illuminated the redefinition of the relationship between state and society. My project is about the refashioning of social relationships on multiple planes: between state and church, between religious institutions and their parishioners, and between the population and the state. 

(Excerpt from Eric's proposal)