This collection investigates intermarriage and related relationships around the world since the eighteenth century.
The contributors explore how intimate relationships challenged boundary crossings of various kinds – social, geographic, religious, ethnic. To this end, the volume considers a range of related issues: Who participated in these unions? How common were they, and in which circumstances were they practised (or banned)? Taking a global view, the book also questions some of the categories behind these relationships. For example, how did geographical boundaries – across national lines, distinctions between colonies and metropoles or metaphors of the ‘East’ and the ‘West’ – shape the treatment of intermarriage? What role have social and symbolic boundaries, such as presumed racial, religious or socio-economic divides, played? To what extent and how were those boundaries blurred in the eyes of contemporaries? Not least, how have bureaucracies and law contributed to the creation of boundaries preventing romantic unions? Intimate relationships, the contributors suggest, brought into sharp relief assumptions not only about community and culture, but also about the sanctity of the sphere of love and family.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of The History of the Family.
Introduction: Intimate relationships across boundaries: global and comparative perspectives
Julia Moses and Julia Woesthoff
1. From faith to race? ‘Mixed marriage’ and the politics of difference in Imperial Germany
2. ‘Mixt marriages’: Ethnic and Religious Intermarriage among German-Speakers in Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania
Marie Basile McDaniel
3. Religious difference, nationhood and citizenship in Turkey: public reactions to an interreligious marriage in 1962
4. Regulating Dutch–Chinese marriages and relationships in the Netherlands (1920–1945)
Betty de Hart
5. Undesired intimacy: German–Chinese couples in Germany (1900s–1940s)
6. ‘Not always logical’: binational/biracial marriages in Britain, 1900–1940
Ginger S. Frost
7. ‘Marrying light’: skin colour, gender and marriage in Jamaica, c. 1918–1980
8. Interracial marriages in twentieth-century Cape Town: evidence from Anglican marriage records
Johan Fourie and Kris Inwood
9. A ‘class of no political weight’? Interracial Marriage, Mixed Race Children and Land Rights in Southern New Zealand, 1840s-1880s
Angela Wanhalla and Kate Stevens