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Transatlantic images and perceptions : Germany and America since 1776 /
edited by David E. Barclay and Elisabeth Glaser-Schmidt.
imprint
Washington, D.C. : German Historical Institute ; Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, c1997.
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viii, 373 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521580919 (hardback)
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imprint
Washington, D.C. : German Historical Institute ; Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, c1997.
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0521580919 (hardback)
catalogue key
1189631
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-03-01:
The 17 essays that make up this meaty volume originated at a 1993 conference at Kalamazoo College, Michigan. They capture the discussion between German and US scholars on the perceptions and stereotypes that have characterized German-US interaction since the 18th century. Analysis of these images helps readers understand the zig-zag course of conflict and friendship that has especially marked the 20th-century relations between these two countries. Although there is some redundancy among the essays in defining the terms "perception" and "stereotype," there are also penetratingly different assessments that extend understanding of both concepts. Essays are arranged chronologically, to begin with images formed at first contact and to explain their changes over the decades. They examine the credibility of a variety of sources. Contributors also consider breadth of images by moving beyond emigrant/tourist letters and diplomatic reports to assay the opinions of intellectuals and creative artists. Nine of the contributors represent US academic institutions, six are from German institutions, and two are research fellows at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. For the most part, essays avoid the dangers of moving from the particular to the general, but the reader must be well informed to appreciate them to their fullest. Excellent notes with each essay and a good index. Graduate, faculty. E. L. Turk Indiana University East
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"...an erudite reflection on American reactions to German reunification..."Frederik Ohles, German Studies Review
"The 17 essays that make up this meaty volume...capture the discussion between German and US scholars on the perceptions and stereotypes that have characterized German-US interaction since the 18th century....They examine the credibility of a variety of sources....Excellent notes with each essay and a good index." -- Choice
"The seventeen essays in this volume, admirably edited by David Barclay and Elisabeth Glaser-Schmidt ably document the surge of interest in "transatlantic perception research"." Peter Bergmann, American Historical Review
"...this book makes for fine reading. The essays are meticulously researched, well written and mostly free of annoying and trendy jargon. Any scholar pouring through the footnotes alone could compile a comprehensive bibliography on any topic relating to the relationship between Germany and the United States. Obviously the book appeals to mostly scholars engaged in trans-national and/or comparative history. However, the diplomatic and intellectual historian as well as the student of popular culture can also find rewarding material in this volume." Werner H. Steger, American Studies International
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The essays in this 1997 book analyse how German and American views of each other developed and periodically shifted, providing a fresh analysis of the often complex German-American relationship. The images reflect the contemporary relations, often foreshadow future trends, and illustrate how political agendas, prejudices, and stereotypes influenced perceptions.
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These essays analyse how German and American views of each other developed and periodically shifted, providing a fresh analysis of the often complex German-American relationship. The images reflect the contemporary relations, often foreshadow future trends, and illustrate how political agendas, prejudices, and stereotypes influenced perceptions.
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These essays analyse how German and American views of each other developed and periodically shifted, providing a fresh analysis of the often complex German-American relationship. The images, found in travelogues, private letters, diaries, diplomatic reports, newspaper articles, and movies, that resulted from each encounter frequently reflected the contemporary relations, often foreshadowed future trends, and illustrate how political agendas, prejudices, stereotypes, and pragmatic forces influenced each society's perceptions.
Main Description
Over the last two centuries, Germans and Americans have been rivals, friends, opponents, and, most recently, allies. This 1997 cross-disciplinary collection of essays analyses how German and American views of each other developed and periodically shifted, providing a fresh analysis of the often complex German-American relationship. The images that resulted from encounters between the two countries frequently reflected significant cross-currents of the contemporary relations, and often foreshadowed important trends. The nine German and eight American contributors to this volume analysed travelogues, private letters, diaries, diplomatic reports, and newspaper articles from the wake of US independence through the reunification of Germany, and also post-1945 movies, that reflect these cross-cultural encounters and illustrate how political agendas, prejudices, stereotypes, and pragmatic forces influenced individual, group and mass perceptions of the other society.
Main Description
Over the last two centuries, Germans and Americans have been rivals, friends, opponents, and, most recently, allies. This cross-disciplinary collection of essays analyses how German and American views of each other developed and periodically shifted, providing a fresh analysis of the often complex German-American relationship. The images that resulted from encounters between the two countries frequently reflected significant cross-currents of the contemporary relations, and often foreshadowed important trends. The nine German and eight American contributors to this volume analysed travelogues, private letters, diaries, diplomatic reports, and newspaper articles from the wake of US independence through the reunification of Germany, and also post-1945 movies, that reflect these cross-cultural encounters and illustrate how political agendas, prejudices, stereotypes, and pragmatic forces influenced individual, group and mass perceptions of the other society.
Main Description
These essays analyze how German and American views of each other developed and periodically shifted, providing a fresh analysis of the often complex German-American relationship. The images--found in travelogues, private letters, diaries, diplomatic reports, newspaper articles, and movies--that resulted from each encounter frequently reflected the contemporary relations, often foreshadowed future trends, and illustrate how political agendas, prejudices, stereotypes, and pragmatic forces influenced each society's perceptions.
Table of Contents
Introduction
æThrough a glass, darklyÆ: changing German ideas of American freedom, 1776û1806
æGermans make cows and women workÆ: American perceptions of Germans as reported in American travel books, 1800û1840
Weary of Germany - weary of America: perceptions of the United States in nineteenth-century Germany
æAuch unser Deutschland muss einmal frei werdenÆ: the immigrant civil war experience as a mirror on political conditions in Germany
Different, but not out of this world: German images of the United States between two wars, 1871û1914
From culture to Kultur: changing American perceptions of imperial Germany, 1870û1914
The reciprocal vision of German and American intellectuals: beneath the shifting perceptions
Germany and the United States, 1914û1933: the mutual perception of their political systems
Between hope and skepticism: American views of Germany, 1918û1933
æWithout concessions to Marxist or Communist thoughtÆ: Fordism in Germany, 1923û1937
The continuity of ambivalence: German views of America, 1933û1945
Cultural migration: artists and visual representation between Americans and Germans during the 1930s and 1940s
Representations of Germans and what Germans represent: American film images and public perceptions in the postwar era
Chancellor of the Allies? The significance of the United States in AdenauerÆs foreign policy
American policy toward German unification: images and interests
Unification policies and the German image: comments on the American reaction
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