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Book Series

Book Series

The Max Kade Research Institute Series is an outlet for scholarship that examines the history and culture of German-speaking communities in America and across the globe, from the early modern period to the present. Books in this series examine the movements of the German-speaking diaspora as influenced by forces such as migration, colonization, war, research, religious missions, and trade. This series explores the historical and cultural depictions of the international networks that connect these communities, as well as linguistic relations between German and other languages within European global networks.

You can find our most recent publications here:

Babel Of The Atlantic bookcover
Edited by Bethany Wiggin

“This fine volume is a highly welcome addition to the literature on translation and intercultural communication in the multiethnic environment of eighteenth-century Pennsylvania. Babel of the Atlantic combines the perspectives of history, literary studies, and material culture; it brings together experts on Pennsylvania German history and culture, ethnohistory, and the history of abolitionism; and it is sensitive to issues of gender.”

-Mark Häberlein

Translating The World bookcover
Birgit Tautz
Toward a New History of German Literature Around 1800

“Concentrating on texts other than the classics of the canon allows for fresh perspectives. If ‘all politics is local,’ so, too, seems culture. Includes impressive bibliography, documentation, and index. Recommended.”

-J. M. Jeep, Choice

Citizens In A Strange Land bookcover
Hermann Wellenreuther
A Study of German-American Broadsides and Their Meaning for Germans in North America, 1730–1830

“Through his analysis of these prints, Wellenreuther provides new insights into the social, political, and religious history of the largest non-Anglophone minority in colonial, revolutionary, and young republican America. As a bonus to its scholarly value, the book is also an enjoyable read.”

-Gerald Theodore Macdonald, Journal of Moravian History

Community of the Cross Bookcover
Craig D. Atwood
Moravian Piety in Colonial Bethlehem

“This excellent religious history supplements earlier books that focus on the social history of early Bethlehem. A necessary purchase for collections emphasizing Colonial America, American religious history, and communitarian experiments, it will also interest those studying women and religion.”

-J. W. Frost, Choice

Ethnographies and Exchanger bookcover
Edited by A. G. Roeber
Native Americans, Moravians, and Catholics in Early North America

“The anthology succeeds in recovering Native as well as missionary voices, carefully building context to make those voices understandable to contemporary readers and reintroducing these important texts in exciting ways that will stimulate further study.”

-R. A. Bucko, Choice

The Francis Daniel Pastorius Reader bookcover
Patrick Erben, Alfred Brophy, and Margo Lambert
Writings by an Early American Polymath

“Francis Daniel Pastorius led an amazing life. As lawyer and public official, scholar and writer, poet and teacher, he did much to shape the world of colonial Pennsylvania. This excellent reader offers a vivid and comprehensive introduction to his work, his world, and his writings—from his massive commonplace books to his poems and letters.”

-Anthony T. Grafton, author of Bring Out Your Dead: The Past as Revelation

Immigrant and Entrepreneur bookcover
Rosalind Beiler
The Atlantic World of Caspar Wistar, 1650–1750

“Immigrant and Entrepreneur is a welcome addition to colonial and Atlantic history. It is impressively researched and provides an intriguing account of the process by which Caspar Wüstar, a forester from the Palatinate, became Caspar Wistar, one of Pennsylvania’s wealthiest merchants and manufacturers.”

-Daniel B. Thorp, Journal of American History

In Search Of Peace And Prosperity bookcover
Edited by Hartmut Lehmann, Hermann Wellenreuther, and Renate Wilson
New German Settlements in Eighteenth-Century Europe and America

“The fourteen essays in this collection offer a fresh perspective not only on the history of the eighteenth-century patterns of German migration, but also on the larger question of migration patterns in the early modern Atlantic world. . . . This edited volume provides a splendid example of the potential insights to be gained from considering the history of German migration in comparative context. . . . Considered together, these essays represent an important and innovative contribution to early American scholarship.”

-Jon Parmenter, Canadian Journal of History

The Moravian Mission Diaries Of David Zeisberger bookcover
Edited by Hermann Wellenreuther and Carola Wessel, Translated by Julie T. Weber

“David Zeisberger’s diaries are a rich source for Native American and Moravian history. The 1772–1781 diaries remain largely untapped by American scholars because they have not been available in English translation. Publication of this modern scholarly edition, therefore, will have a major impact on the field of early American history.”

-Daniel K. Richter, University of Pennsylvania

A Peculiar Mixture bookcover
Edited by Jan Stievermann and Oliver Scheiding
German-Language Cultures and Identities in Eighteenth-Century North America

“The essays in this book make a strong case for understanding the immigrant experiences of the Germans who came to America in the eighteenth century through the lens of cultural history, abetted by material culture, the history of the book, and close literary analysis. This is a deeply informative book and one that deserves broad attention.”

-David D. Hall, Harvard Divinity School

Pious Traders In Medicine bookcover
Renate Wilson
A German Pharmaceutical Network in Eighteenth-Century North America

“A fundamental contribution to the discussion of the ‘medical marketplace.’ Wilson demonstrates the intimate associations between religious and medical Pietism and their commercial underpinnings in ways previously hardly imagined. Her careful and painstaking archival investigations are presented clearly and vigorously. This is a path-breaking work of impeccable scholarship, innovative and well written.”

-Harold J. Cook, University of Wisconsin, Madison Medical School

The Practice Of Pluralism bookcover
Mark Häberlein
Congregational Life and Religious Diversity in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1730–1820

“Thorough and persuasive. The people of Lancaster come across as devoted and essentially conservative, supporting their churches and attached to their ways of worship, even if individuals among them occasionally changed their minds. Häberlein persuasively shows that the laity provided the true continuity of the church.”

-Ned Landsmann, Stony Brook University

Souls for Sale bookcover
Edited by Susan E. Klepp, Edited by Farley Grubb, and Anne Pfaelzer de Ortiz
Two German Redemptioners Come to Revolutionary America

“This volume will not only serve scholars of early American history and culture as key source material in the interpretation of the immigrant experience, but it should become assigned reading for American history or literature courses from the survey course up.”

-Patrick M. Erben, Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer