Essays on Cultural Affinity
This collection of essays sheds new light on Anglo-German relations during the turbulent decades before the outbreak of the Great War. Written by leading historians, the book demonstrates that Anglo-German relations before 1914 were characterized not only by rivalry and antagonism, but also by mutual admiration and cultural cross-fertilization.
1. Introduction; 2. 'As dependent on each other as man and wife': Cultural Contacts and Transfers between Wilhelmine Germany and Edwardian Britain; PART I. HIGH POLITICS; 3. 'The worst of enemies': Kaiser Wilhelm II and his Uncle Edward VII; 4. 'Perhaps also useful for our election campaign': The Parliamentary Impasse of the Late Wilhelmine State and the British Constitutional Crisis, 1909-1911; PART II. COLONIAL CULTURE; 5. 'Mutual goodwill and admiration' or 'jealous ill-will'? Empire and Popular Culture in Edwardian Britain and Wilhelmine Germany; 6. 'Are we a cruel nation?' Colonial Practices, Perceptions, and Scandals in Wilhelmine Germany and Edwardian Britain; PART III. GENDER; 7. 'An embarassment to the family, to the public, and to the state': Liberalism and the Rights of Women, 1860-1914; 8. 'Being heard on important matters of international life': Transnational Perspectives on Women's Movements in Wilhelmine Germany and Edwardian Britain, 1890-1914; PART IV. LEGAL CULTURE; 9. 'Legal tyranny' versus the 'rule of law'? Law and Civil Society in Wilhelmine Germany and Edwardian Britain; 10. 'A perverse determination to break the law': Dealing with the Habitual Offender in Wilhelmine Germany and Edwardian England; PART V. ACADEMIC LIFE; 11. 'Our friend "the enemy"': German Students in Britain, British Students in Germany; 12. 'England has righted itself with so much energy': Institutional Transference between Technical Universities in Britain and Germany, 1890-1914; PART VI. MUSIC AND ARCHITECTURE; 13. 'A musical clash of civilisations'? Musical Transfers and Rivalries between Britain and Germany around 1900; 14. 'What we may learn from it': Cultural Contacts and Transfers in Architecture; PART VII. HIGHBROW AND LOWBROW LITERATURE; 15. 'Only connect': Personal and Cultural Entanglements between Britain and Germany in E. M. Forster's Howards End; 16. 'The foul-visaged anti-Christ of journalism'? The Popular Press between Warmongering and International Cooperation; PART VIII. POPULAR CULTURE; 17. 'Representing the very best': Anglo-German Competition and Transfers in Sport; 18. 'In the imaginative fashion of Teutons': Anglo-German History and the Naval Theatre; Notes on Contributors; Index