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German Philanthropy in Transatlantic Perspective

Perceptions, Exchanges and Transfers since the Early Twentieth Century

  • Gregory R. Witkowski
  • Arnd Bauerkämper

Part of the Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies book series (NCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Gregory R. Witkowski, Arnd Bauerkämper
    Pages 1-20
  3. Philanthropy: Theory and Comparison

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
  4. German Philanthropy in the Weimar Republic and Nazi Dictatorship

  5. German Philanthropy in Transatlantic Perspective

  6. Philanthropy in Divided Germany

  7. International and Transnational German Philanthropy

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 245-250

About this book


This volume examines philanthropic practices against the backdrop of the continuities, disruptions and changes in twentieth century German socio-political relations. It presents a differentiated understanding of the relationship between philanthropy and civil society that traces this connection from Germany’s first democracy, the Weimar Republic, through the Nazi dictatorship and Soviet-style rule in Communist East Germany to the stable democracy of the Federal Republic of Germany. While concentrating on Germany, this volume places German philanthropy in a triangular relationship with the United States and the developing world, primarily through Africa. In particular, the contributions to the book demonstrate that despite many transatlantic exchanges between German and American philanthropic organizations, these relationships should not be reduced to bilateral exchanges but rather seen in the context of a globalizing world.  More generally, this transnational study is a reminder that philanthropic activities need to be placed into their specific historical contexts. Such an analytical framework allows for more dynamic understanding of the meaning of philanthropy in society, illustrating both enduring and changing practices.


Economic and social motivations for philanthropic giving Effect of regime changes on philanthropy in Germany German and American philanthropic organizations Nonprofit and philanthropic studies in Germany Philanthropy and civil society Transnational and national studies of philanthropy

Editors and affiliations

  • Gregory R. Witkowski
    • 1
  • Arnd Bauerkämper
    • 2
  1. 1.Lilly Family School of PhilanthropyIndiana UniversityIndianapolisUSA
  2. 2.Freie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title German Philanthropy in Transatlantic Perspective
  • Book Subtitle Perceptions, Exchanges and Transfers since the Early Twentieth Century
  • Editors Gregory R. Witkowski
    Arnd Bauerkämper
  • Series Title Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Nonprofit,Civil Society Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-40837-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-82198-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-40839-2
  • Series ISSN 1568-2579
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 250
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology, general
    Business Ethics
    Political Science
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