Constructing a German Diaspora

The "Greater German Empire", 1871-1914

Author: Stefan Manz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131765823X

Category: History

Page: 360

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This book takes on a global perspective to unravel the complex relationship between Imperial Germany and its diaspora. Around 1900, German-speakers living abroad were tied into global power-political aspirations. They were represented as outposts of a "Greater German Empire" whose ethnic links had to be preserved for their own and the fatherland’s benefits. Did these ideas fall on fertile ground abroad? In the light of extreme social, political, and religious heterogeneity, diaspora construction did not redeem the all-encompassing fantasies of its engineers. But it certainly was at work, as nationalism "went global" in many German ethnic communities. Three thematic areas are taken as examples to illustrate the emergence of globally operating organizations and communication flows: Politics and the navy issue, Protestantism, and German schools abroad as "bulwarks of language preservation." The public negotiation of these issues is explored for localities as diverse as Shanghai, Cape Town, Blumenau in Brazil, Melbourne, Glasgow, the Upper Midwest in the United States, and the Volga Basin in Russia. The mobilisation of ethno-national diasporas is also a feature of modern-day globalization. The theoretical ramifications analysed in the book are as poignant today as they were for the nineteenth century.

Die Auswanderung Aus Dem Herzogtum Braunschweig Im Kräftespiel Staatliche Einflussnahme und Öffentlicher Resonanz 1720-1897

Author: Cornelia Pohlmann

Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag

ISBN: 9783515080545

Category: History

Page: 373

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Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)--Universit'at Bamberg, 2001, under the title: Die Auswanderung aus dem Herzogtum Braunschweig im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert im Kr'aftespiel staatlicher Einflussnahme und 'offentlicher Resonanz.

Teaching German in Twentieth-century America

Author: David P. Benseler

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299168308

Category: Education

Page: 291

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Teaching a foreign language and culture is always a challenge, but it has been especially problematic to teach the German language and culture in the United States in the twentieth century. The tradition of Germany's great poets and thinkers of the past has been joined by a starker legacy. Through explorations of such topics as the world wars, the Holocaust, women in the language-teaching profession, Jewish contributions, and technology's impact on scholarship, this volume inspects the fascination and frustrating relationships of the two cultures as they interact through the teaching of German in American educational systems—from small liberal arts colleges to large and famous universities. This volume resulted from a conference, "Shaping Forces in American Germanics," held in Madison, Wisconsin in September 1996.

Germans in the New World

Essays in the History of Immigration

Author: Frederick C. Luebke

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252068478

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 198

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Provides history of German immigrants in the United States and Brazil that ranges from institutional and state history to comparative studies on an intercontinental scale. This book offers both a record of an individual odyssey within immigration history and a statement about the need for thoughtful reflections on the field.

Music in German Immigrant Theater

New York City, 1840-1940

Author: John Koegel

Publisher: University Rochester Press

ISBN: 1580462154

Category: Music

Page: 593

View: 6056


A history -- the first ever -- of the abundant traditions of German-American musical theater in New York, and a treasure trove of songs and information.

Kindred by Choice

Germans and American Indians since 1800

Author: H. Glenn Penny

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469607654

Category: History

Page: 392

View: 5988


How do we explain the persistent preoccupation with American Indians in Germany and the staggering numbers of Germans one encounters as visitors to Indian country? As H. Glenn Penny demonstrates, that preoccupation is rooted in an affinity for American Indians that has permeated German cultures for two centuries. This affinity stems directly from German polycentrism, notions of tribalism, a devotion to resistance, a longing for freedom, and a melancholy sense of shared fate. Locating the origins of the fascination for Indian life in the transatlantic world of German cultures in the nineteenth century, Penny explores German settler colonialism in the American Midwest, the rise and fall of German America, and the transnational worlds of American Indian performers. As he traces this phenomenon through the twentieth century, Penny engages debates about race, masculinity, comparative genocides, and American Indians' reactions to Germans' interests in them. He also assesses what persists of the affinity across the political ruptures of modern German history and challenges readers to rethink how cultural history is made.

Vivat Amerika

Auswanderung aus dem Kreis Minden 1816-1933

Author: Wolfgang Riechmann

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social Science

Page: 637

View: 5923