Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 41–60 | Cite as

Diasporas and American debates on German unification

  • Lukas SchemperEmail author


The present article discusses how diasporas in the United States reacted to and were involved in the process of German unification. For reasons linked to Germany’s aggressive past, the Jewish-American and Polish-American communities - whose members (or family members) had suffered immensely from German fascism and expansionism - were among those who expressed the most concerns. However, the largely positive public opinion towards German unification in the United States generally corresponded to the sentiments of the German-American community.


German unification American foreign policy German-American community Jewish-American community Polish-American community 


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  1. 1.Department of International HistoryGraduate Institute of International and Development StudiesGenevaSwitzerland

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