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German Visions of India, 1871–1918

Commandeering the Holy Ganges during the Kaiserreich

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Perry Myers
      Pages 1-22
  3. Protestant and Catholic Champions and Their Visions of India

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Perry Myers
      Pages 25-51
  4. Breaking Out of the Iron Cage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Perry Myers
      Pages 81-111
  5. The Radicalization of Germany’s India

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Perry Myers
      Pages 149-167
    3. Perry Myers
      Pages 199-200
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 201-259

About this book


The wide-ranging fascination with India in Wilhelmine Germany emerged during a time of extraordinary cultural and political tensions. This study shows how religious (denominational and spiritual) dilemmas, political agendas, and shifting social consensus became inextricably entangled in the wider German encounter with India during the Kaiserreich.


Buddhism Germany history India nation

About the authors

Perry Myers is Associate Professor of German Studies at Albion College in Michigan, USA. His publications include The Double Edged Sword: The Cult of Bildung, Its Downfall and Reconstitution in Fin-de-Siècle Germany (Rudolf Steiner and Max Weber) (2004) and articles on various literary topics such as Ludwig Tieck's gestiefelter Kater, Thomas Mann's Fiorenza, and Waldemar Bonsels' Indienfahrt, as well as numerous essays on travelers to India (Ernst Haeckel, Joseph Dahlmann and others) during the Wilhelmine era.

Bibliographic information


“Myers’s work adds to a large body of studies that explore the Western construction of India, with no shortage among them examining ‘Germany’s India.’ … This book is highly recommended for advanced students and working scholars with a deep interest in German Indology and Germanic cross-cultural studies.” (Herman Tull, Religious Studies Review, Vol. 41 (3), September, 2015)