Germany and the Americas

Culture, Politics, and History

by Thomas Adam, Editor


In 1945 when American GIs poured into Germany, they found German children dressed in buckskins and feathers playing "cowboys and indians." Today, the residents of Fredricksburg, Texas, hold Shützenfests, Kinderfests, and a traditional Octoberfest every year along with rodeos and barbecues. From the Marshall Plan to kindergarten and beer, Germany and the nations of North and South America have a rich, interwoven history spanning more than five centuries.

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November 2005


Pages 1307
Volumes 3
Size 7x10
Topics Geography and World Cultures/Countries and Regions
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This comprehensive encyclopedia details the close ties between the German-speaking world and the Americas, examining the extensive Germanic cultural and political legacy in the nations of the New World and the equally substantial influence of the Americas on the Germanic nations.

From the medical discoveries of Dr. Johann Siegert, surgeon general to Simon Bolivar, to the amazing explorations of the early-19th-century German explorer Alexander von Humboldt, whose South American and Caribbean travels made him one of the most celebrated men in Europe, Germany and the Americas examines both the profound Germanic cultural and political legacy throughout the Americas and the lasting influence of American culture on the German-speaking world.

Ever since Baron von Steuben helped create George Washington's army, German Americans have exhibited decisive leadership not only in the military, but also in politics, the arts, and business. Germany and the Americas charts the lasting links between the Germanic world and the nations of the Americas in a comprehensive survey featuring a chronology of key events spanning 400 years of transatlantic history.


  • Individual articles cover all facets of German-American relations, complete with extensive end-of-entry references
  • Extensive and wide-ranging illustrations feature pictures of figures from Babe Ruth to Alexander von Humboldt


  • The first comprehensive encyclopedia to provide a complete overview of German-American relations, spanning five centuries of the influence and encounters of German-speaking people with South and North America
  • Examines not only the German influence on the Americas, but also the influence of the Americas on the German-speaking countries of Europe
  • Looks at the impact of the United States' military presence in Germany since 1945
Author Info

Thomas Adam, PhD, is assistant professor of German and transatlantic European history at the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX. His published works include Philanthropy, Patronage, and Civil Society.



"These three volumes edited by Thomas Adam stand out in both quality and quantity and fully deserve to be called the 'first comprehensive encyclopedia to provide a complete overview of German-American relations.' . . . [T]he encyclopedia offers quick and comprehensive information and equally provides the potential for many hours of interesting and entertaining reading."german studies review

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