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

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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 Hberlein, Thomas Klingebiehl, Hartmut Lehmann, Thomas Müller, A. Gregg Roeber, Mack Walker, Hermann Wellenreuther, Carola Wessel, Renate Wilson, and Marianne S. Wokeck.

About the Author:

Hartmut Lehmann is Professor of History and Director of the Max-Planck Institute for History in Gîttingen, Germany.

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Editorial Reviews

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“The fourteen essays in this collection offer a fresh perspective not only on the history of the eighteenth-century patterns of German migration, but also on the larger question of migration patterns in the early modern Atlantic world. . . . This edited volume provides a splendid example of the potential insights to be gained from considering the history of German migration in comparative context. . . . Considered together, these essays represent an important and innovative contribution to early American scholarship.”
—Jon Parmenter, Canadian Journal of History

“This book is essential reading for students of early American, Atlantic, and European history.”
—Jon Parmenter, Canadian Journal of History

“This book is essential reading for students of early American, Atlantic, and European history.”

—Jon Parmenter, Canadian Journal of History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271019291
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Max Kade German-American Research Institute
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Hartmut Lehmann is Professor of History and Director of the Max-Planck Institute for History in Gottingen, Germany. Hermann Wellenreuther is Professor of History at the University of Gottingen. Renate Wilson is a social and medical historian at The Johns Hopkins University.

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Table of Contents

pt. 1 The Scene
1 Contexts for Migration in the Early Modern World: Public Policy, European Migrating Experiences, Transatlantic Migration, and the Genesis of American Culture 3
pt. 2 New Settlements in Europe
2 Huguenot Settlements in Central Europe 39
3 The Salzburger Migration to Prussia: Causes and Choices 68
4 German Religious Emigration to Russia in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries: Three Case Studies 77
pt. 3 Bridging the Atlantic
5 The Spiritual Importance of the Eighteenth Century 101
6 The Problem of the Eighteenth Century in Transatlantic Religious History 115
7 Communication at Risk: The Beginnings of the Halle Correspondence with the Pennsylvania Lutherans 139
8 Communication and Group Interaction Among German Migrants to Colonial Pennsylvania: The Case of Baden-Durlach 156
9 From the Rhine to the Delaware Valley: The Eighteenth-Century Transatlantic Trading Channels of Caspar Wistar 172
pt. 4 Settling and Settlements in the New World
10 German Settlements in the British North American Colonies: A Patchwork of Cultural Assimilation and Persistence 191
11 Land, Population, and Labor: Lutheran Immigrants in Colonial Georgia 217
12 "We Do Not Want to Introduce Anything New": Transplanting the Communal Life from Herrnhut to the Upper Ohio Valley 246
pt. 5 Modern Perceptions of Past Worlds
13 Recent Research on Migration 265
14 Transatlantic Migration, Transatlantic Networks, Transatlantic Transfer: Concluding Remarks 307
Contributors 331
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