Germanness Beyond Germany - Second Call for book chapters
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German-ness beyond Germany (edited volume)
Second Call for Papers
“German-ness beyond Germany”
In the last twenty years, a focus on the German state as the official embodiment of German nationalism has been challenged by scholarship highlighting the diversity of provincial understandings of Germanness (Applegate, 1990; Confino, 1997) and the role of state particularism (Green, 2001), even in the lands most central to Germany’s nation-building process (Clark, 2006). By comparison, scholars often assume that the national loyalties of Germans outside of Germany are but a carbon copy of German state nationalism, despite key studies of the variations in understandings of German-ness among Habsburg Germans (Judson, 1996) and in the broader German Diaspora (O’Donnell, et al, 2005; Schulze et al, 2008; Hoerder and Nagler, 1992). Speakers of German, or even non-German-speakers of German heritage, faced a variety of challenges when making their German identity meaningful in parts of the world beyond the border of “Germany.” How did “Germans” reconcile ethnic or linguistic loyalties with their political obligations to a non-German state?
This project aims to explore how Germans beyond the core German area sought to resolve tensions between ethnic identity and political loyalty in the period of modern nationalism. We have already received several interesting contributions, but we still wish to fill certain gaps in our coverage. We are particularly interested in nineteenth Century case studies in the following areas:
> Germans in North America
> Germans in Africa
> Germans in Russia, especially Volga Germans
> Germans in Australia
> Germans in India or South East Asia
Case studies should explore the intersection of German-ness and other political loyalties that can be credibly described as “national.” We are particularly interested in contributions that help undermine the problematic yet persistent dichotomy of “civic nationalism” vs. “ethnic nationalism.” Contributions should discuss a specific German community, and be grounded in primary source research, rather than theoretical ruminations.
Themes of possible interest include, but are not limited to,
> German responses to the growing nationalism in dynastic empires.
> German political loyalties in imperial colonies or the settler nations of the new world
> Atypical usage of the terms “Nation” or “Volk” to describe competing / coexisting political loyalties.
> Local German identities, such as love for a multi-ethnic Heimat.
> German attitudes toward assimilation.
> Changing definitions of German-ness among “German” communities.
> German identity among non-German speakers.
Berghahn has expressed an interest in publishing an edited volume; contributions should be “book-chapter” length. Interested contributors should contact the editors immediately. Drafts will be due in March 2012.
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