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This is the introductory chapter of this book, which highlights the variety and complexity of scholarly relations between the two countries (Britain and Germany). The book demonstrates the fact that national identities could have various meanings in different contact situations and that the image of a rising antagonism before the First World War, which turned British and German scholars into war enthusiasts who offered their services to the military leaders of their country, was only one aspect of a much more complicated story. Network analysis enables us to better understand under what preconditions connections between scholars were formed and what terminated them. All chapters likewise address the question of the role which national stereotypes and mutual perceptions played in the process of knowledge transfer. In addition to knowledge transfer, another important category needed to define the spatial dimensions of Anglo-German networks is the movement of the scholars themselves.

Keywords: alternative chronologies; Anglo-German scholarly relations; antagonism; First World War; network analysis; spatial dimensions



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