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German-American Immigration and Ethnicity in Comparative Perspective
Edited by Walter Kamphoefner and Wolfgang Helbich
"National history can get by or at least limp along without a comparative dimension; immigration and ethnic history cannot."
from the introduction
Making comparisons is central to the study of immigration and ethnicity because these fields by their very nature examine patterns of contact and interaction among different groups. By adopting a comparative approach, historians can test traditional stereotypes about various immigrant populations, pointing out the defining characteristics of these groups and explaining why certain cultural patterns persist while others disappear. The essays in this volume include studies on the similarities and differences among German Catholics and other Catholic groups in America, the political activities of nineteenth-century German and Irish immigrants, and German-American responses to the differing policies of the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany.
Walter Kamphoefner, professor of history at Texas A&M University, specializes in the fields of immigration, urbanization, and quantitative methods. His many books include The Westfalians: From Germany to Missouri. Wolfgang Helbich is emeritus professor of North American history at Ruhr-University Bochum. His recent research interests include German emigration, immigrant letters, and micro-level French-English relations in Québec.
Distributed for the Max Kade Institute of German-American Studies
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LC: 2004007238 E
450 pp. 6 x 9
The cloth edition of ISBN 978-0-924119-18-7 is out of print.
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