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Germany's Colonial Pasts

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Germany's Colonial Pasts is a wide-ranging study of German colonialism and its legacies. Inspired by Susanne Zantop's landmark book Colonial Fantasies, and extending her analyses there, this volume offers new research by scholars from Europe, Africa, and the United States. It also commemorates Zantop's distinguished life and career (1945-2001).

Some essays in this volume focus on Germany's formal colonial empire in Africa and the Pacific between 1884 and 1914, while others ...

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Overview

Germany's Colonial Pasts is a wide-ranging study of German colonialism and its legacies. Inspired by Susanne Zantop's landmark book Colonial Fantasies, and extending her analyses there, this volume offers new research by scholars from Europe, Africa, and the United States. It also commemorates Zantop's distinguished life and career (1945-2001).

Some essays in this volume focus on Germany's formal colonial empire in Africa and the Pacific between 1884 and 1914, while others present material from earlier or later periods such as German emigration before 1884 and colonial discourse in German-ruled Polish lands. Several essays examine Germany's postcolonial era, a complex period that includes the Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany with its renewed colonial obsessions, and the post-1945 era. Particular areas of emphasis include the relationship of anti-Semitism to colonial racism; respectability, sexuality, and cultural hierarchies in the formal empire; Nazi representations of colonialism; and contemporary perceptions of race. The volume's disciplinary reach extends to musicology, religious studies, film, and tourism studies as well as literary analysis and history. These essays demonstrate why modern Germany must confront its colonial and postcolonial pasts, and how those pasts continue to shape the German cultural imagination.

Eric Ames is an assistant professor of German at the University of Washington. Marcia Klotz is an instructor in the English department at Portland State University. Lora Wildenthal is an associate professor of history at Rice University. Sander L. Gilman is Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Emory University and the author of Fat Boys: A Slim Book (Nebraska 2004).

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CHOICE

"For social historians and those interested in the larger field of German Studies, this is serious work."—Choice
African History
"This book opens up a number of exciting new vistas and adds to existing lines of research and argument."

— Reinhart Kössler, African History

African History - Reinhart Kossler

“This book opens up a number of exciting new vistas and adds to existing lines of research and argument.”—Reinhart Kössler, African History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803248199
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Texts and Contexts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Eric Ames is an assistant professor of German at the University of Washington. Marcia Klotz is an instructor in the English department at Portland State University. Lora Wildenthal is an associate professor of history at Rice University. Sander L. Gilman is Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Emory University and the author of Fat Boys: A Slim Book (Nebraska 2004).
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Introduction xi
Part 1 Identifications of Self and Other 1
Colonialism and the Culture of Respectability 3
Inventing the Auslandsdeutsche: Emigration, Colonial Fantasy, and German National Identity, 1848-71 21
The Colonialist Beginnings of Comparative Musicology 41
Part 2 Orders of Colonial Regulation: Sex and Violence 61
Race, Gender, and Sexuality in German Southwest Africa: Hans Grimm's Sudafrikanische Novellen 63
Constructing Racial Difference in Colonial Poland 76
Colonization and Modernization: The Legal Foundation of the Colonial Enterprise; A Case Study of German Colonization in Cameroon 97
Part 3 Colonial Racism and Antisemitism 113
What Does German Colonialism Have to Do with National Socialism? A Conceptual Framework 115
The Weimar Republic: A Postcolonial State in a Still-Colonial World 135
Theology as a Vision for Colonialism: From Supersessionism to Dejudaization in German Protestantism 148
Part 4 Nazi Visions of Africa 165
Race Power in Postcolonial Germany: The German Africa Show and the National Socialist State, 1935-40 167
Marching in Step: German Youth and Colonial Cinema 189
Part 5 Colonial Legacies: The Racialized Self 203
Autobiographical Accounts of Kenyan-German Marriages: Reception and Context 205
Autobiographies of Blackness in Germany 227
Contributors 241
Index 243
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