Transnational Networks: German Migrants in the British by John Davis, Stefan Manz, Margrit Schulte Beerbuhl

By John Davis, Stefan Manz, Margrit Schulte Beerbuhl

Non-British migrants and their groups have been a vital part of the multifaceted and multicultural nature of the British Empire. Their background, although, is going past a essentially delineated narrative of the Empire and comprises transnational and actually worldwide dimensions. German migrants and their transnational community production in the buildings of the British Empire, pursued over greater than centuries in a large number of geographical settings, is the constitutive framework of the current quantity. 8 contributions hide financial, cultural, clinical and political issues. The publication questions conventional nation-centred narratives of the Empire as an solely British venture.

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22 The profits from his own commercial ventures, the capital of English investors and his political connections enabled Hasenclever to found a company with a capital stock of £21,000 for the production of iron, potash, flax and hemp in North America in 1764. For this extraordinarily ambitious enterprise he hired more than 500 German and English miners, ironworkers, colliers and labourers along with their families. On 5,000 acres of land in northern New Jersey Hasenclever’s company built an industrial complex of five iron furnaces and seven forges.

Auswanderung, Ansiedlung, Akkulturation, eds. Walter G. Rödel and Helmut Schmahl (Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 1998): 9–23, esp. 14–18. 22 mark häberlein Contemporary sources often charged these ‘newlanders’ with dubious recruitment practices; they allegedly promised more to prospective emi­ grants than they could deliver, gave exaggerated accounts of their success in America, forged emigrant letters and robbed unsuspecting migrants of their goods at the first opportunity. ”13 Whereas the older literature has often followed these negative charac­ terisations and portrayed eighteenth-century transatlantic migrants from Germany as passive victims of unscrupulous agents and profit-hungry merchants and sea captains, a number of studies that have appeared in the last two decades have substantially revised this picture.

16 The Augsburg silver merchant and banker Christian von Münch the elder (1690–1757), who had been ennobled in 1731, was initially alerted to the plight of Protestant refugees from the prince-bishopric of Salzburg by Samuel Urlsperger, the senior pastor of the Lutheran church in Augsburg. Using his contacts to the London-based Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, Urlsperger promoted the settlement of several hundred Salzburgers in the young colony of Georgia in 1733. At first von Münch only supported the Salzburger community in Georgia with generous donations, but over time he came to view the colony not only as an object of philanthropy but as a field for business ventures as well.

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