The Amerikas Colloquium
18 June 2020, 18:15, Zoom-Meeting
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Prof. Dr. H. Glenn Penny (The University of Iowa/History):
Being German in the Americas, 1860s-1960s
The point of this paper is to reflect on some consistencies in being German in the Americas during a period of massive German mobility, network building, and settling in. The time frame includes the largest economic, political, and social ruptures of the modern period. That makes it easier to track the things – e.g. cultural characteristics, mobility patterns, networks of communication and trade – that persist across historians’ preferred periodizations and to identify those that do not. In order to help draw out some distinctions, I will limit my discussion to a comparison of German communities in three very different sites: Chile, Guatemala, and the American Midwest. This is not meant to be exhaustive, merely suggestive.