The process of globalisation in the late nineteenth century had a profound effect on the trajectories of German nationalism. While the existing literature on the subject has largely remained within the confines of national history, Sebastian Conrad uses the example of mobility and labour migration to show to what extent German nationalism was transformed under the auspices of global integration. Among the effects of cross border circulation were the emergence of diasporic nationalism, the racialization of the nation, the implementation of new border regimes, and the hegemony of ideological templates that connected nationalist discourse to global geopolitics. Ranging from the African colonies, China and Brazil to the Polish speaking territories in Eastern Europe, this ground-breaking book demonstrates that the dynamics of German nationalism were not only negotiated in the Kaiserreich but also need to be situated in the broader context of globalisation before the First World War.
About the Author
Sebastian Conrad is Professor of Modern History at the Free University of Berlin.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. German globalisation around 1900; 2. 'Native policy' in the colony and the metropole: 'educating to work' in East Africa and east Westphalia; 3. Between the poles: mobility and nation in Germany's 'real colony'; 4. The politics of segregation: Chinese workers, global networks and the 'colourless peril'; 5. 'Here, the German is not degenerating': Brazil, emigration and the nation's fountain of youth; 6. 'German work'; 7. Regimes of territorialisation and the globalisation of the national; 8. Bibliography.