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Kindred by Choice: Germans and American Indians since 1800

H. Glenn Penny


How do we explain the persistent preoccupation with American Indians in Germany and the staggering numbers of Germans one encounters as visitors to Indian country? As this book demonstrates, that preoccupation is rooted in an affinity for American Indians that has permeated German cultures for two centuries. This affinity stems directly from German polycentrism, notions of tribalism, a devotion to resistance, a longing for freedom, and a melancholy sense of shared fate. Locating the origins of the fascination for Indian life in the transatlantic world of German cultures in the nineteenth centu ... More

Keywords: American Indians, Germany, German cultures, German polycentrism, tribalism, resistance, freedom, shared fate, Indian life, German settler colonialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781469607641
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9781469607658_Penny


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

H. Glenn Penny, author