Intermarriage from Central Europe to Central Asia


Intermarriage from Central Europe to Central Asia

Mixed Families in the Age of Extremes

Edited and introduced by Adrienne Edgar and Benjamin Frommer

Borderlands and Transcultural Studies Series

354 pages
4 tables, 2 charts, 2 graphs, index


June 2020


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About the Book

Intermarriage from Central Europe to Central Asia examines the practice and experience of interethnic marriage in a range of countries and eras, from imperial Germany to present-day Tajikistan. In this interdisciplinary volume Adrienne Edgar and Benjamin Frommer have drawn contributions from anthropologists and historians. The contributors explore the phenomenon of intermarriage both from the top down, in the form of state policies and official categories, and from the bottom up, through an intimate look at the experience and agency of mixed families in modern states determined to control the lives and identities of their citizens to an unprecedented degree.

Contributors address the tensions between state ethnic categories and the subjective identities of individuals, the status of mixed individuals and families in a region characterized by continual changes in national borders and regimes, and the role of intermarried couples and their descendants in imagining supranational communities. The first of its kind, Intermarriage from Central Europe to Central Asia is a foundational text for the study of intermarriage and ethnic mixing in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Author Bio

Adrienne Edgar is an associate professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Tribal Nation: The Making of Soviet Turkmenistan. Benjamin Frommer is an associate professor of history at Northwestern University. He is the author of National Cleansing: Retribution against Nazi Collaborators in Postwar Czechoslovakia.


“A real eye-opener. Intermarriage from Central Europe to Central Asia addresses a crucially important topic that demonstrates what is lost when we neglect the subject of intimacy, gender, and intermarriage from studies of European nation-states. This book enlivens and deepens our understanding of how ethnic and civic nationalisms operate to join, divide, and differentiate people. . . . It provides a rich comparative context for scholars of intermarriage in colonial and settler-colonizer contexts.”—Ann McGrath, author of Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Introduction by Adrienne Edgar and Benjamin Frommer
I. Central and Southeastern Europe
1. Eric Garcia McKinley, “Boundary Crossings and the Evolution of German Identity: Protestant-Catholic and Jewish-non-Jewish Intermarriage, 1875-1935”
2. Benjamin Frommer, “Privileged Victims: Intermarriage between Jews, Czechs and Germans in the Nazi Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia”
3. Fedja Burić, “Sporadically Mixed: Lowering Socialist Expectations and Politicizing Mixed Marriage in 1960s Yugoslavia”
4. Keziah Conrad, “Being Mixed and Showing It: Ethical Dilemmas of Self-Presentation in Bosnia”
II. The Soviet Union and Its Successors
5. Uku Lember, “Memory and Asymmetry in Russian-Estonian Intermarriages in Estonia during Late Socialism”
6. Sophie Roche, “Maintaining, Dissolving and Remaking Group Boundaries through Marriage: The case of Khujand in the Ferghana Valley”
7. Aksana Ismailbekova, “The Dynamics of Interethnic Marriage in the Aftermath of the Osh Conflict, Fergana Valley”
8. Milena Oganesyan, “Of Intermarriage, ‘Hats,’ and Identity in Georgia”
III. Transnational Marriages
9. Lena Radauer, “Wedding the ‘Enemy’: Unions between Russian Women and ‘German’ Prisoners of the First World War”
10. Maren Röger, “Choices Made in Times of Rising Nationalism and National Socialism: Intermarriage between Germans and Eastern Europeans, 1871-1945”
11. Rósa Magnúsdóttir, “Divided Spouses: Soviet-American Intermarriage and Human Rights Activism during the Cold War”

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