In Search of Peace and Prosperity: New German Settlements in Eighteenth-Century Europe and America / Edition 1

In Search of Peace and Prosperity: New German Settlements in Eighteenth-Century Europe and America / Edition 1

by Hartmut Lehmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271019298

ISBN-13: 9780271019291

Pub. Date: 01/28/2000

Publisher: Penn State University Press

This volume brings together essays by leading German and American historians on the subject of the eighteenth-century German emigration. Scholars have traditionally studied the nineteenth century, when the overwhelming majority of German emigrants came to the New World. In this book, contributors focus on an earlier period, when Germans were moving to a variety of

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This volume brings together essays by leading German and American historians on the subject of the eighteenth-century German emigration. Scholars have traditionally studied the nineteenth century, when the overwhelming majority of German emigrants came to the New World. In this book, contributors focus on an earlier period, when Germans were moving to a variety of destinations: Russia, Prussian Lithuania, and various other German territories as well as North America.

What drove men and women from different regional and social backgrounds to leave their homes during this time? Some migrations were forced, as for the Mennonites, the Salzburger emigrants, and the French Huguenots; some were voluntary and determined by the wish for one's own land and greater social and economic opportunity. In all groups, religion was a prominent motivator and primary element of social identification and cohesion. Inevitably, migrants carried with them traditional skills and other indispensable cultural "baggage." A key strength of this book is that contributors emphasize the mutual exchanges that occurred among cultures.

In Search of Peace and Prosperity grew out of a conference at Penn State University under the sponsorship of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D. C. Contributors are Rosalind J. Beiler, Jon Butler, Andreas Gestrich, Mark Häberlein, Thomas Klingebiel, Hartmut Lehmann, Thomas Müller-Bahlke, A. Gregg Roeber, Mack Walker, Hermann Wellenreuther, Carola Wessel, Renate Wilson, and Marianne S. Wokeck.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271019291
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Max Kade German-American Research Institute
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
pt. 1The Scene
1Contexts for Migration in the Early Modern World: Public Policy, European Migrating Experiences, Transatlantic Migration, and the Genesis of American Culture3
pt. 2New Settlements in Europe
2Huguenot Settlements in Central Europe39
3The Salzburger Migration to Prussia: Causes and Choices68
4German Religious Emigration to Russia in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries: Three Case Studies77
pt. 3Bridging the Atlantic
5The Spiritual Importance of the Eighteenth Century101
6The Problem of the Eighteenth Century in Transatlantic Religious History115
7Communication at Risk: The Beginnings of the Halle Correspondence with the Pennsylvania Lutherans139
8Communication and Group Interaction Among German Migrants to Colonial Pennsylvania: The Case of Baden-Durlach156
9From the Rhine to the Delaware Valley: The Eighteenth-Century Transatlantic Trading Channels of Caspar Wistar172
pt. 4Settling and Settlements in the New World
10German Settlements in the British North American Colonies: A Patchwork of Cultural Assimilation and Persistence191
11Land, Population, and Labor: Lutheran Immigrants in Colonial Georgia217
12"We Do Not Want to Introduce Anything New": Transplanting the Communal Life from Herrnhut to the Upper Ohio Valley246
pt. 5Modern Perceptions of Past Worlds
13Recent Research on Migration265
14Transatlantic Migration, Transatlantic Networks, Transatlantic Transfer: Concluding Remarks307
Contributors331

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