Transnational Networks

German Migrants in the British Empire, 1670-1914

Non-British migrants and their communities were an integral part of the multifaceted and multicultural nature of the British Empire. Their history, however, goes beyond a clearly delineated narrative of the Empire and includes transnational and truly global dimensions. German migrants and their transnational network creation within the structures of the British Empire, pursued over more than two centuries in a multitude of geographical settings, is the constitutive framework of the present volume. Eight contributions cover economic, cultural, scientific and political themes. The book questions traditional nation-centred narratives of the Empire as an exclusively British undertaking.

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John R. Davis, Ph.D. Glasgow, is Professor of History and International Relations at Kingston University, London. Publications include The Victorians and Germany (Lang, 2007).   

Stefan Manz, Ph.D. Durham, is Senior Lecturer in German at Aston University, Birmingham, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Publications include Migranten und Internierte. Deutsche in Glasgow, 1864-1918 (Steiner, 2003).
Margrit Schulte Beerbüh, Ph.D. Düsseldorf, is Senior Lecturer (Privatdozent) in Modern History at Düsseldorf University. Publications include Deutsche Kaufleute in London. Welthandel und Einbürgerung 1660-1818 (Oldenbourg, 2007).
[...] all the contributions to the volume are fascinating, [...]"
Andreas Fahrmeir, Journal of Global History 8/2 (2013)
Notes on Contributors

Introduction: Germans in the British Empire, John R. Davis, Margrit Schulte Beerbühl, and Stefan Manz

Migration and Business Ventures: German-speaking Migrants and Commercial Networks in the Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic World, Mark Häberlein

German Merchants and the British Empire during the Eighteenth Century, Margrit Schulte Beerbühl

German Overseas Interests in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Britain, Ulrike Kirchberger

Friedrich Max Müller and the British Empire: A German Philologer and Imperial Culture in the Nineteenth Century, John R. Davis

Sugarbakers, Farmers, Goldminers: From Hanover via London to New Zealand, Horst Rössler

Agents of Transnationalism: German-Canadian Immigration Agents in the Second Half of the the Nineteenth Century, Angelika Sauer

‘The Core of This Dark Continent’: Ludwig Leichhardt’s Australian Explorations, Angus Nicholls

Promoting the German Navy in the British Empire: The Central League for German Navy Clubs Abroad, 1898-1918, Stefan Manz


Both specialist and general readers interested in migration studies, imperial history, network and transfer theories, Anglo-German relations, and global history.
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