The Heimat Abroad: The Boundaries of Germanness / Edition 1

The Heimat Abroad: The Boundaries of Germanness / Edition 1

by K. Molly O'Donnell
     
 

Germans have been one of the most mobile and dispersed populations on earth. Communities of German speakers, scattered around the globe, have long believed they could recreate their Heimat (homeland) wherever they moved, and that their enclaves could remain truly German. Furthermore, the history of Germany is inextricably tied to Germans outside the homeland

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Overview

Germans have been one of the most mobile and dispersed populations on earth. Communities of German speakers, scattered around the globe, have long believed they could recreate their Heimat (homeland) wherever they moved, and that their enclaves could remain truly German. Furthermore, the history of Germany is inextricably tied to Germans outside the homeland who formed new communities that often retained their Germanness. Emigrants, including political, economic, and religious exiles such as Jewish Germans, fostered a nostalgia for home, which, along with longstanding mutual ties of family, trade, and culture, bound them to Germany.

The Heimat Abroad is the first book to examine the problem of Germany's long and complex relationship to ethnic Germans outside its national borders. Beyond defining who is German and what makes them so, the book reconceives German identity and history in global terms and challenges the nation state and its borders as the sole basis of German nationalism.

Krista O'Donnell is Associate Professor of History, William Paterson University.

Nancy Reagin is Professor of History, Pace University.

Renete Bridenthal is Emerita Professor of History, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472030675
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
06/03/2005
Series:
Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1The legal and ideological context of diasporic nationalism15
Ch. 1Diasporic citizens : Germans abroad in the framing of German citizenship law17
Ch. 2Home, nation, empire : domestic Germanness and colonial citizenship40
Ch. 3German-speaking people and German heritage : Nazi Germany and the problem of Volksgemeinschaft58
Pt. 2Bonds of trade and culture83
Ch. 4Blond and blue-eyed in Mexico City, 1821 to 197585
Ch. 5Jews, Germans, or Americans? : German-Jewish immigrants in the nineteenth-century United States111
Ch. 6German landscape : local promotion of the Heimat abroad141
Ch. 7In search of home abroad : German Jews in Brazil, 1933-45167
Pt. 3Islands of Germanness185
Ch. 8Germans from Russia : the political network of a double diaspora187
Ch. 9When is a diaspora not a diaspora? : rethinking nation-centered narratives about Germans in Habsburg East Central Europe219
Ch. 10German Brigadoon? : domesticity and metropolitan Germans' perceptions of Auslandsdeutschen in Southwest Africa and Eastern Europe248
Ch. 11Tenuousness and tenacity : the Volksdeutschen of Eastern Europe, World War II, and the Holocaust267
Ch. 12The politics of homeland : irredentism and reconciliation in the policies of German federal governments and expellee organizations toward ethnic German minorities in Central and Eastern Europe, 1949-99287

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