Monday, April 29, 2013

German Philanthropy in Transatlantic Perspective - H-Soz-u-Kult / Tagungsberichte

German Philanthropy in Transatlantic Perspective - H-Soz-u-Kult / Tagungsberichte: By identifying philanthropy as an essential element of all societies, German and American historians aimed to explore and discuss the role of individual giving in the creation of those common ties that form the basis of democracy. In contrast to the American-centric focus of most of the research, the conference provided the setting for an historical analysis of the nexus between democracy, civic engagement and civil society, and philanthropic exchanges in Germany. While the Unites States provides a model for philanthropic endeavors as well as for research practices in philanthropic studies, the participants of the conference made a conscious effort to analyze an indigenous German tradition of giving and to find points of interaction with the United States.

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