German global soft power, 1700-1920

McLelland, Nicola (2016) German global soft power, 1700-1920. In: Linguistic and cultural foreign policies of European states: 18th-20th centuries. Languages and Culture in History (3). Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam, pp. 45-68. ISBN 9789462980600

Full text not available from this repository.


This article provides the first overview of the reach and 'soft power' of German language and culture in Europe and beyond, from 1700 to 1920, shortly after the end of the First World War. Besides the role of the state (weak, until deliberate policies began to be formulated from the late nineteenth century), the article shows the role of language societies, religious, educational and scientific institutions, and other sociocultural and political factors, including migration and colonization, in promoting German 'soft power' in other parts of Europe, in the Americas, Africa and China. The changing status of German language and culture in these parts of the world and the extent of local and 'home' support, through explicit policy or otherwise, for German as a first, foreign or additional language abroad is also considered.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: German as a foreign language (GFL), German colonialism, German migration, Philanthropists, Language societies, Togo, Namibia, Austro-Hungarian Empire, Jiaozhou Bay concession (Kiautschou)
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2017 15:33
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:27

Actions (Archive Staff Only)

Edit View Edit View