Traveling between Worlds: German-American Encounters

Traveling between Worlds: German-American Encounters

Traveling between Worlds: German-American Encounters

Traveling between Worlds: German-American Encounters

Synopsis

In Traveling between Worlds, six authors explore the connectedness between Germans and Americans in the nineteenth century and their mutual impact on transatlantic history. Despite the ocean between them, these two groups of people were linked not only by the emigration from one to the other but also by ongoing interactions, especially among their intellectuals.

Christof Mauch's introduction examines the history of the German-American exchange and of cultural exchanges in general. Focusing on various aspects of the German-American relationship, Eberhard Bruning, John T. Walker, Thomas Adam, Gabriele Lingelbach, Andrew P. Yox, and Christiane Harzig examine the cultural and communicative exchanges that occurred both between the two countries and within them. Topics such as travel, cultural interpretation, ideological and intellectual transfer, the immigrant experience, and German-American poetry are all considered.

Traveling between Worlds demonstrates that exchange was facilitated and maintained by ordinary individuals such as teachers and scholars, immigrants and natives, and held implications that last to this day.

Excerpt

The Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lecture series was inaugurated in 1965 by professors Will Holmes, Harold Hollingsworth, and E. C. Barksdale. in the 1970s and 1980s, under the leadership of Richard G. Miller, Stanley Palmer, and Kenneth R. Philp (successors to Barksdale as chair of the Department of History of the University of Texas at Arlington), the lecture series and publications grew in stature and have gained a national reputation. the presentations are published by means of a generous endowment from C. B. Smith Sr. of Austin, a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and a former student of Walter Prescott Webb at the University of Texas at Austin. Smith also provided funds for the annual prize given for the best essay on the year’s theme.

The Thirty-Eighth Annual Webb Lecture series, held at the University of Texas at Arlington in March 2003, focused on German-American contributions to modern transatlantic history. in the tradition of Erich AnGermann and Daniel T. Rodgers, the contributors to this volume emphasize the interconnectedness of the Atlantic world and discuss the processes of transatlantic transfers and mutual perception of Germans and Americans. the chapters by Gabriele Lingelbach (University of Trier), Christiane Harzig (Arizona State University), Eberhard Brüning (University of Leipzig), and Thomas Adam (University of Texas at Arlington) are based on the talks they gave at that event. Dennis P. Reinhartz, Dana Dunn, Margaret Menninger, and Ruth V. Gross introduced the four speakers and offered helpful comments. Menninger (Southwest Texas State University) went well beyond the call of duty: Since Brüning fell ill just two days before his planned trip to Arlington, she assumed the task of not . . .

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