German Visions of India, 1871–1918

Commandeering the Holy Ganges during the Kaiserreich

Authors: Myers, P.

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The wide-ranging fascination with India in Wilhelmine Germany emerged during a time of extraordinary cultural and political tensions. This study shows how religious (denominational and spiritual) dilemmas, political agendas, and shifting social consensus became inextricably entangled in the wider German encounter with India during the Kaiserreich.

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Perry Myers is Associate Professor of German Studies at Albion College in Michigan, USA. His publications include The Double Edged Sword: The Cult of Bildung, Its Downfall and Reconstitution in Fin-de-Siècle Germany (Rudolf Steiner and Max Weber) (2004) and articles on various literary topics such as Ludwig Tieck's gestiefelter Kater, Thomas Mann's Fiorenza, and Waldemar Bonsels' Indienfahrt, as well as numerous essays on travelers to India (Ernst Haeckel, Joseph Dahlmann and others) during the Wilhelmine era.

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“Myers’s work adds to a large body of studies that explore the Western construction of India, with no shortage among them examining ‘Germany’s India.’ … This book is highly recommended for advanced students and working scholars with a deep interest in German Indology and Germanic cross-cultural studies.” (Herman Tull, Religious Studies Review, Vol. 41 (3), September, 2015)


'Indian studies have hitherto tended to pigeonhole Germany's Second Reich as a precursor to the Third Reich and its xenophobic agenda. Perry Myers' exhaustively researched and compelling study offers, however, a much more differentiated account of this culturally and politically unstable time period in Germany's history by analyzing how a constructed India provided stable models of belief and spirituality, and consequently a renewed sense of history and progress at a time of intense, debilitating colonial competition.' - Kamakshi P. Murti, Professor Emerita of German, Middlebury College, USA

'Perry Myers's book is a fascinating survey of Germany's love affair with India from 1871 to World War I. It explores the many ways that Germany's India experts tried to use the Orient to rejuvenate their own nation and represents an important addition to our growing knowledge of German Orientalism.' - Corinna Treitel, Associate Professor of History, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
German Visions of India, 1871–1918
Book Subtitle
Commandeering the Holy Ganges during the Kaiserreich
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Perry Myers
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31692-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137316929
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-29971-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-45290-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 259
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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