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Transatlantic Crossings and Transformations

German-American Cultural Transfer from the 18th to the End of the 19th Century

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Kurt Mueller-Vollmer

This volume attempts for the first time a comprehensive view of the momentous process of German-American cultural transfer during the 18 th and 19 th centuries, which played an important part in the formation of an American national and cultural identity, a process to which the New England Transcendentalists contributed some of the decisive ingredients, but which has largely escaped the attention of German and American scholarship. In each chapter a specific problem is treated systematically from a clearly defined perspective, deficiencies of existing translation theories are exposed, so that in the concluding chapters 13 and 14 (with an unpublished memorandum by Alexander von Humboldt) a cohesive view of the entire process emerges. A comprehensive bibliography will facilitate further scholarly pursuits.
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Chronology of German-American Cultural Transfer 1789–1911

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1789

Georg Heinrich Loskiel (1740–1814), publishes Geschichte der Mission evangelischer Brüder unter den Indianern in Nordamerika. Barby, in den Brüdergemeinden u. Leipzig: P.G. Kummer, 1789, 783 pages. The work contains important ethnological information about the life, culture and languages of the Native American population. An English translation appears 1794 in London.

1814

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