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Intermarriage from Central Europe to Central Asia

Mixed Families in the Age of Extremes

Adrienne Edgar

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Published: 06/2020
Pages: 372
Subject: Family and Relationships
eBook ISBN: 9781496220844


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.  


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