Contributors sought for the Encyclopedia of German-American Relations
Contributors sought for the Encyclopedia of German-American Relations to be published by ABC Clio in 2005
The German-speaking world has had an impact on the history of the Americas for more than five hundred years. In 1507, Martin Waldseemüller of Freiburg provided the first world map showing the shape of the American continent explored by Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci—it was in fact Waldseemüller who suggested naming this new land “America” after Vespucci. Since then, Germans have been among the major ethnic groups and nationalities to settle the American continents, especially in the United States, Canada, and Brazil. For the thousands of people who left Germany for political, religious and economic reasons between the 18th and 21st centuries, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Texas, Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina—among many other regions—became home.
It is common knowledge that during the twentieth century, the United States (together with other American countries) faced Germany in two world wars and, after the second, contributed to the transformation of authoritarian Germany into a democracy. Many know, too, of Germany’s pivotal position between the contending forces in the Cold War. Nevertheless, German-American relations cannot merely be reduced to military or political engagements: the first German settlers contributed to the emerging national cultures in the Americas, and their descendants have continued to exert their influence. They established their own subcultures, printed their own newspapers, imported their cuisine, music, literature, art, and cinema, and greatly enriched the cultural life of the American societies. In turn, the Americas have acted upon Germany through a host of historical, political, and cultural developments.
In the context of such a momentous transatlantic dynamic, this encyclopedia is designed to provide readily accessible information about the most important historical, cultural, and political relations between Germany and the Americas over the last 500 years. This interdisciplinary project will offer entries about influential American and German political figures, intellectuals and writers, important places and countries, several aspects of political, economic, cultural, and social contacts, and general processes which have provided the framework for German-American relations. Each entry will focus squarely on the German-American engagement.
Entries include but are not limited to the following (suggestions would also be welcomed):
Konrad Adenauer; Theodor Adorno; Mathilde Franziska Anneke; Hanna Arendt; George Bancroft; Klaus Barbie; Berthold Brecht; Wilhelm Henry Breithaupt; Tamara Bunke; Venustiano Carranza; Lucius D. Clay; George Fiske Comfort; Marlene Dietrich; John Foster Dulles; Mabel Dunham; Adolf Eichmann; Albert Einstein; Dwight D. Eisenhauer; Lion Feuchtwanger; Henry Ford; Kuno Francke; Friedrich Gerstaecker; Julius Goebel; Theodor Griesinger; Walter Gropius; Che Guevara; Mildred Harnack; Friedrich Hecker; Charles John Hexamer; Stefan Heym; Karl Heinzen; Max Horckheimer; Orozco y Huerta; Fritz Jacobi; Johann, King of Saxony; Karl V.; Petra Kelly; John F. Kennedy; Henry A. Kissinger; Helmut Kohl; Gustav Körner; Fritz Kuhn; Else Lasker-Schüler; Wilhelm Liebknecht; Friedrich List; Thomas Mann; Herbert Marcuse; Karl May; Joseph McCarthy; Josef Mengele; Hans Meyer; Herrmann Meyer; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; John Lothrop Motley; Franz D. Pastorius; Juan and Evita Perón; Elvis Presley; Ronald Reagan; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Carl Schurz; Leni Riefenstahl; H. O. Schreiter; Margarete Schurz; Anna Seghers; Friedrich A. Sorge; George Ticknor; Mark Twain; J. A. Urquiza; Wernher von Braun; Johann Heinrich Count von Bernstorff; Alexander von Humboldt; Wilhelm von Humboldt; Franz von Papen; Karl von den Steinen; Hermann Baron Speck von Sternburg; Baron von Steuben; Alfredo Stroessner; Martin Waldseemüller; Wilhelm Weitling; Joseph Weydemeyer; Wilhelm II; Woodrow Wilson; John Peter Zenger; Carl Zuckmayer; Stefan Zweig
Alberta; Andes; American military bases in West Germany (Heidelberg etc.); Amazon; American Zone of Occupation; Argentina; Bitburg; Bolivia; Brazil; Bremerhaven; Chicago; Chile; Cincinnati; Colonia Dignida; Cuba; Ebenezer (Georgia); Ecuador; Entre Rios (Paraná); Fazenda Guarei; Fredericksburg; Germantown; Grüne; Hamburg; Internments camps for Germans in Canada (Niagara); Kitchener; Mexico; Michigan; Milwaukee; New Orleans; New York City; New York’s Kleindeutschland; Nicaragua; Orinoco River; Paraguay; Paraná; Peru; Philadelphia; Porto Alegre; Privat Colonies of Herrmann Meyer (in Rio Grande do Sul); Rio de Janeiro; Rio Grande do Sul; Santa Catarina; São Leopoldo; São Paulo; Saskatchewan; St. Jacobs; St. Louis; Schwarzenberg; Staten Island; Texas; Venezuela; West-Berlin; Wisconsin
American Civil War; Anti-German riots of 1917 (in Porto Alegre, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro); Berlin Crisis and airlift; Cold War; Seven Years’ War; S.S. St. Louis; World War I (German-Mexican relations; German submarine warfare; Lusitania; Paris Peace Conference; Treaty of Versailles; Wilson’s Fourteen Points; Zimmermann Telegram); World War II (air raids over Dresden, Hamburg, and Berlin; the Atlantic Charter; Casablanca Conference [unconditional surrender]; Teheran Conference; D-Day; German submarine warfare; Potsdam Conference; Yalta Conference)
POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS AND EVENTS:
American Immigration Law; Anti-Socialist Law (Germany); authoritarianism; Berlin Wall; Cold War; Committee on Un-American Activities; Communism; Dawes Plan; Denazification; dictatorship; East German financial aid to Nicaragua; Eugenics/Euthenasia; European Recovery Program (Marshall Plan); Exile; Fascism; Feminism; Heydt’sche Reskript; Hoover Moratorium; NATO; London Conference; McCarthyism; Morgenthau Plan; Nuremberg War Crimes Trial; Propaganda; Racism; Reconstruction of West Germany (Wiederaufbau); Reparations; Sinarquismo; Socialism; Social Democracy; Student revolutions (1968); Taylorism; Transatlantic Philanthropy; Treaty of Versailles; Weimar Republic; Young Plan
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; Alsatian Amish; B’nai B’rith; Forty-Eighters; Free-Soil movement; German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD); German-American Volksbund; German Associations and German clubs (Turnerbund; Männerchor); German Historical Institute, Washington D.C.; German Mutual Aid Associations; German newspapers (Illinois Staats-Zeitung; Anzeiger des Westens, St. Louis; New York Volkszeitung); German Societies (German Society Chicago; German Society of New York City; German Society of Pennsylvania); Fulbright Program; Jewish Reform movement; Kindergarten; Leo Baeck Institute; Mainzer Adelsverein; Mennonites (St. Jacobs); “Ratlines” (Nazi-emigration to South America after 1945); St. Vincent College in Beatty, Pennsylvania; Socialist Labor Party; Trade unions; United Labor Party; VW Foundation
American students at German universities (19th century); Americanization; Americanisms in German language; America in German literature; Amish; The Arts (Kunst und Wissenschaft); Cabaret; Cannibalism; Chicago Haymarket Riots; Cinema/American Television Shows; Comedian Harmonists; Deutschtum; Donauschwaben; 1848 Revolution; Ethnographic Museum (Leipzig, Berlin, Hamburg); Exile-Literature; Football/Soccer; Frankfurt School; Free Lending library; Georgia Salzburgers; German-American literature (the “America novel”; travel literature); German-Americans; German-Brazilians; German language and dialects; German language churches; German schools; German students at American universities (20th century); German citizenship law; Germany in American literature; Holocaust Museum (Washington D.C.); Jazz; Johns Hopkins University; Little Germany; Missouri Germans; Land Law of 1785 (USA); Lutheranism-Protestantism; New York Palatines; Pennsylvania Germans; Pomeranos; Reichsdeutsche; RIAS (Radio in the American Sector of Berlin); Schneiss/Pikade; Teuto-Brazilians; Texas Germans; Tourism; University of Göttingen; Waldorf-Schools; Wisconsin Germans; Women’s Movement
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