Germany and the Black Diaspora: Points of Contact, 1250-1914 (Studies in German History #15) (Paperback)

Germany and the Black Diaspora: Points of Contact, 1250-1914 (Studies in German History #15) By Mischa Honeck (Editor), Martin Klimke (Editor), Anne Kuhlmann (Editor) Cover Image
By Mischa Honeck (Editor), Martin Klimke (Editor), Anne Kuhlmann (Editor)
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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.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781785333330
ISBN-10: 178533333X
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Publication Date: July 1st, 2016
Pages: 270
Language: English
Series: Studies in German History
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