Monday, December 12, 2011

GHI Launches New Website: “Transatlantic Perspectives”

Marshall Plan poster, 1950
The German Historical Institute (GHI) in Washington, D.C., with funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, has launched a new website on the topic TransatlanticPerspectives: Europe in the Eyes of European Immigrants to the United States,1930-1980. The website is an outlet for
a four-year research project that explores the role of European migrants in transatlantic exchange processes during the mid-twentieth century. The project focuses on migrant professionals involved in business, consumer culture, urban development, and the social sciences. By adapting their European professional heritage to their work in the United States and by translating American innovations to the context of their European homelands, these migrants acted as conduits for social and intellectual transfer.
In addition to biographical information about individual migrants and their transatlantic careers, the site provides links to mass media articles that "illustrate the mutual perceptions of Europe and the United States" and documents, bibliographies, links to archival records, and tools for educators. New articles and resources will be added to the website for the duration of the research project.