Panikos Panayi: Interethnic Relationships in Peace and War – The Germans in India, c1800-1920

The mass emigration out of Germany during the nineteenth century resulted in the construction of communities of Germans throughout the world, often counting tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands or even millions of people. Together with these larger ethnic groups which evolved in parts of Europe, the Americas and some areas of the British Empire, smaller settlements also emerged, as in the case of the few thousand people who settled in India during the course of the nineteenth century.

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Simone Derix: Upstairs, Downstairs – Transnational. Social Inequality and Cross-border Family Relations

Transnationalität und Transkulturalität bieten wichtige konzeptionelle Zugänge zur Geschichte grenzüberschreitender Familien und Paare. Sie lenken den Blick auf ethnische und nationale Zugehörigkeit bzw. Zuschreibungen als zentrale Differenzmarker für die Selbst- und Fremdwahrnehmung von Nahbeziehungen.

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Adrienne L. Edgar: “Children of Mixed Marriage in Soviet Central Asia: Dilemmas of Identity and Belonging”

This paper investigates ethnic and racial identities in the Soviet Union through the lens of interethnic intimacy.  Soviet authorities consistently celebrated mixed marriages as proof of the unbreakable „friendship of nations“ and as a sign of the imminent emergence of a Soviet people.  Nevertheless, the offspring of mixed families found it difficult to transcend nationality and be simply „Soviet.“  Weiterlesen