The transatlantic world of higher education : Americans at German universities, 1776-1914
- Anja Werner.
- New York : Berghahn Books, 2013.
- Physical description
- xiii, 329 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
- European studies in American history ; v. 4.
Education Library (Cubberley)
LA729 .A3 W47 2013
- Unknown LA729 .A3 W47 2013
- Werner, Anja.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -316) and index.
- Acknowledgments Note on Sources and Quotations Introduction Chapter 1. Movement and the History of Higher Education * Educational Dynamics * Five Phases of Educational Reform and Student Migration, 1760s-1914 * Transatlantic Dynamics: Linking War and Education in America and Europe * Regional Dynamics: The South in the History of US Higher Education * Disciplinary Dynamics: Revisiting the Ideal of "German Science" * Summary Chapter 2. US Student Numbers at Gottingen, Halle, Heidelberg, and Leipzig * The Challenges of Numbers * Revisiting Existing Scholarship * Different Student Statuses * US Student Numbers Abroad I: Statistical Overview * US Student Numbers Abroad II: Developments over Time * Comparison: Total Student Numbers * US Students' Backgrounds: Regional Origins and Socio-Economic Backgrounds * Religion * Age * Summary Chapter 3. The German University, Masculinity, and "The Other" * White Men vs. the Other? * Matriculation Procedures for White Able-Bodied American Men * African American Men * Gay American Men * White US Women * Blind and Deaf Americans * Summary Chapter 4. Choosing a University: The Case of Leipzig * The Appeal of Innovation * Interdisciplinary Collaborations at Leipzig * Antiquated Leipzig up to 1830 * On the Eve of Greatness: The Mid-Nineteenth Century * Leipzig's Sudden Heyday * Leipzig's Decline since the Late 1890s * Summary Chapter 5. Transatlantic Academic Networking * The Idea of German-American Networks in Science and Scholarship * US Students' Faculty Choices at Halle and Leipzig * Transatlantic Routes of Study * Patterns in Transatlantic Mentor-Disciple Relationships * Women's Roles in Academic Networks * Case Study: Wilhelm Wundt and his American Disciples * Summary Chapter 6. Networking Activitiesof Leipzig's American Colony * Formal and Informal Networking * The American Students Club * The American Church * A Central Leipzig-American Networker: Caspar Rene Gregory * Hospitable Families, the Knauths, and US Consuls * Family and Friends * Housing Matters * Summary Chapter 7. Forging American Culture Abroad * Approaching a Foreign Culture * The Guide Book * Language Considerations * Impressions of German Student Life * Reflecting German Student Culture in Activities of the American Students Club * Little America in Leipzig * Summary Chapter 8. Returning Home * The German Venture and the Transformation of US Higher Education * Shifting the Scientific-Scholarly Focus to North America * Scouting Young Academic Talent in Europe * Women's Colleges as a Career Boost * The Ph.D. Degree * Material Improvements I: Libraries and Books * Material Improvements II: Laboratories, Apparatuses, and Journals * Summary Conclusion Appendix I: Tables Appendix II: List of Leipzig Professors of Interest to US Students Appendix III: List of Leipzig-American Dissertations Bibliography.
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- Publisher's Summary
- Between the 1760s and 1914, thousands of young Americans crossed the Atlantic to enroll in German-speaking universities, but what was it like to be an American in, for instance, Halle, Heidelberg, Gottingen, or Leipzig? In this book, the author combines a statistical approach with a biographical approach in order to reconstruct the history of these educational pilgrimages and to illustratethe interconnectedness of student migration with educational reforms on both sides of the Atlantic. No matter who they were and where they were from, American students in Germany set up organizational structures, including an American church, to engage in academic networking, such as assisting one another in finding accommodations abroad or securing jobs in American academia after their return home. This detailed account of academic networking in European educational centers highlights the fruitfulness of travel in order to gain a clearer understanding of how to advance one's culture.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- European studies in American history ; v. 4
- 9780857457820 (hardback : alk. paper)
- 0857457829 (hardback : alk. paper)
- 9780857457837 (ebook)
- 0857457837 (ebook)