Germany and the Black Diaspora

Germany and the Black Diaspora : Points of Contact, 1250-1914

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The rich history of encounters prior to World War I between people from German-speaking parts of Europe and people of African descent has gone largely unnoticed in the historical literature - not least because Germany became a nation and engaged in colonization much later than other European nations. This volume presents intersections of Black and German history over eight centuries while mapping continuities and ruptures in Germans' perceptions of Blacks. Juxtaposing these intersections demonstrates that negative German perceptions of Blackness proceeded from nineteenth-century racial theories, and that earlier constructions of "race" were far more differentiated. The contributors present a wide range of Black - German encounters, from representations of Black saints in religious medieval art to Black Hessians fighting in the American Revolutionary War, from Cameroonian children being educated in Germany to African American agriculturalists in Germany's protectorate, Togoland. Each chapter probes individual and collective responses to these intercultural points of contact.
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  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16mm | 531g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 25 ills, 2 maps
  • 0857459538
  • 9780857459534
  • 2,507,232

Table of contents

List of Figures Acknowledgments Introduction Mischa Honeck, Martin Klimke, and Anne Kuhlmann PART I: SAINTS AND SLAVES, MOORS AND HESSIANS Chapter 1. The Calenberg Altarpiece: Black African Christians in Renaissance Germany Paul Kaplan Chapter 2. The Black Diaspora in Europe in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries, with Special Reference to German-Speaking Areas Kate Lowe Chapter 3. Ambiguous Duty: Black Servants at German Ancien Regime Courts Anne Kuhlmann Chapter 4. Real and Imagined Africans in German Court divertissements Rashid-S. Pegah Chapter 5. From American Slaves to Hessian Subjects: Silenced Black Narratives of the American Revolution Maria Diedrich PART II: FROM ENLIGHTENMENT TO EMPIRE Chapter 6. The German Reception of African American Writers in the Long Nineteenth Century Heike Paul Chapter 7. "On the Brain of the Negro": Race, Abolitionism, and Friedrich Tiedemann's Scientific Discourse on the African Diaspora Jeannette Eileen Jones Chapter 8. Liberating Sojourns? African American Travelers in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Germany Mischa Honeck Chapter 9. Global Proletarians, Uncle Toms and Native Savages: The Antinomies of Black Identity in Nineteenth-Century Germany Bradley Naranch Chapter 10. We Shall Make Farmers of Them Yet: Tuskegee's Uplift Ideology in German Togoland Kendahl Radcliffe Chapter 11. Education and Migration: Cameroonian School Children and Apprentices in the German Metropole, 1884-1914 Robert Aitken Afterword: Africans in Europe: New Perspectives Dirk Hoerder Select Bibliography Notes on Contributors Index
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"The organization of the book is exemplary. The introduction presents a very important theoretical construct for this and future investigations of the phenomenon of race in the German-speaking world - the chapters assembled in this anthology are excellent - I have no doubt this volume will quickly become a vital part of the growing body of research on Afro-German interactions." * Leroy Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania "This is an important collection that takes a large step forward in advancing knowledge about people of the African diaspora in Germany." * Sara Lennox, University of Massachusetts Amherst
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About Mischa Honeck

Mischa Honeck is a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. His first book, We Are the Revolutionists: German-Speaking Immigrants and American Abolitionists after 1848 (University of Georgia Press, 2011), was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2011. Martin Klimke is Associate Professor of History at New York University Abu Dhabi. He is the author of The Other Alliance: Global Protest and Student Unrest in West Germany and the US, 1962-1972 (Princeton University Press, 2010) and coauthor of A Breath of Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). He is a co-editor of the Protest, Culture and Society series (Berghahn Books) and of several collected volumes on various aspects of transatlantic and transnational history. Anne Kuhlmann-Smirnov is a research fellow in Russian history at the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States in Berlin. In 2010, she received the Sponsorship Award of the Society for Historical Migration Research for her PhD dissertation on black people in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Germany.
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