Providing a comprehensive survey of cutting edge scholarship in the field of German--Indian and South Asian Studies, the book looks at the history of German--Indian relations in the spheres of culture, politics, and intellectual life. Combining transnational, post-colonial, and comparative approaches, it includes the entire twentieth century, from the First World War and Weimar Republic to the Third Reich and Cold War era.

The book first examines the ways in which nineteenth-century "Indomania" figured in the creation of both German national identity and modern German scholarship on the Orient, and it illustrates how German encounters with India in the Imperial era alternately destabilized and reinforced the orientalist, capitalist, and nationalist underpinnings of German modernity. Contributors discuss the full range of German responses to India, and South Asian perceptions of Germany against the backdrop of war and socio-political revolution, as well as the Third Reich's ambivalent perceptions of India in the context of racism, religion, and occultism. The book concludes by exploring German--Indian relations in the era of decolonization and the Cold War.

Employing a diverse array of interdisciplinary approaches to understanding German--Indian encounters over the past two centuries, this book is of interest to students and scholars of Germany, India, Europe, and Asia, as well as history, political science, anthropology, philosophy, comparative literature, and religious studies.

part |41 pages

Pre-colonial Germany and India

chapter |15 pages

Claims and disclaimers

Schopenhauer and the cross-cultural comparative enterprise

part |46 pages

Imperial Germany and India

part |47 pages

Nazi Germany and India

chapter |15 pages

The orientalist roots of National Socialism?

Nazism, occultism, and South Asian spirituality, 1919–1945

chapter |16 pages

The melancholy of the thinking racist

India and the ambiguities of race in the work of Hans F. K. Günther

part |43 pages

Germany and India since 1945

chapter |12 pages

East meets East

Fritz Bennewitz's theatrical journeys from the GDR to India

chapter |15 pages

The passion of Paul Hacker

Indology, orientalism, and evangelism