„Der reiche Onkel aus Amerika“ – Transnationale Verwandtschaftsnetzwerke und Erbtransfers zwischen den USA und der Sowjetunion und die Herausbildung globaler Finanzinfrastrukturen, ca. 1940 bis 1970

  • 15.10.2019
  • 18.00 Uhr
  • Deutsches Historisches Institut Moskau, Voroncovskaja 8/7
  • Vorträge

Vortrag von Dr. Jürgen Dinkel (Universität Leipzig)

Arbeitssprache: Englisch

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  • Abstract (eng)

    In my talk I will present a case study that is part of a larger project with the working title “Decedents and Heirs: A comparison of inheritance patterns and property transfers in Baltimore, Frankfurt am Main and Odessa since the late 19th century”. In this case study, I analyze property transfers between migrants in the US, Germany and Russia/the Soviet Union during the 19th and 20th century. The examination of transnational inheritance transfers between decedents and heirs marks a largely ignored dimension in histories on global financial transfers, on international politics and on family and kinship relations. We know only little about how these estates were actually transferred and which actors were involved in these transfers, which raises the questions: How did nation-states and international politics (like the Cold War) influence property transfers within transnational family and kinship networks and, conversely, how did families deal with the given political and legal frameworks and which other actors (such as lawyers, banks) were involved in transnational inheritance transfers?
    To answer these questions, I draw on approaches from various academic fields, among them legal history, economic theories, anthropology, mobility studies and international history which enable me to analyze transnational estate transfers from the perspectives of states, lawyers and banks as well as decedents and heirs. Seen from this angle, it becomes evident that global financial infrastructures were not only shaped by international organizations, states and banks but also by transnational family networks based on private connections and trust. The examination of inheritance transfers among migrants provides therefore new insights into largely ignored dimensions in histories on global financial transfers, on international politics, international private law and on transnational family and kinship relations in the nineteenth and twentieth century. The case study is also intended to explore the knowledge production and the development of financial infrastructures needed for transnational transactions by private persons, legal experts, financial institutions and international organizations.