Petra Wilhelmy-Dollinger

Petra Wilhelmy-Dollinger is a historian who has published widely on topics of cultural, literary, and political history with a special focus on women and literary salons in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She has taught history of pedagogy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich since 1996 and is a council member of the Stiftung Mitteldeutscher Kulturrat, contributing regularly to the Mitteldeutsches Jahrbuch für Kultur und Geschichte (Yearbook for the Culture and History of Central Germany).

Articles by this author

Felicie Bernstein

Felicie Bernstein was one of the last Berlin salonnières, a patron of modern art and artists, and a philanthropist who supported early feminism.

Berlin Salons: Late Eighteenth to Early Twentieth Century

The Berlin salons which developed in the late eighteenth century owed both their existence and the form of their development to Jewish women. These early salons were the result of a unique interrelation between the German enlightenment and Jewish Enlightenment; European movement during the 1770sHaskalah on the one hand and, on the other, young, educated Jewish women from well-to-do families, who were searching for a new role in life outside the patriarchal structures of their families. These salons have variously been criticized as a symptom of failing Jewish tradition or welcomed as a phenomenon of emancipation and acculturation.

Fanny Baronin Von Arnstein

Fanny von Arnstein, patroness of music, arts and literature, was the outstanding salonnière of her time in Vienna. The high esteem in which she was held contributed much to the growing acceptance of Jews in the high society circles of Vienna.

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