German Colonialism and National Identity

German Colonialism and National Identity


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ISBN-13: 9781138868083
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/23/2015
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Juergen Zimmerer is Professor of History at the University of Hamburg in Germany. His areas of research and publication include German Colonialism, Genocide Studies, the Holocaust and African and Global History.

Michael Perraudin is Professor of German at the University of Sheffield, and has previously taught at Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of Birmingham. His research focus is on 19th-century German literature, especially that of the Biedermeier/Vormärz, and its social and political contexts. His books include Literature, the ‘Volk’ and the Revolution in Mid-19th-Century Germany (Oxford: Berghahn, 2000) and Formen der Wirklichkeitserfassung nach 1848. Deutsche Literatur und Kultur vom Nachmärz bis zur Gründerzeit in europäischer Perspektive (co-edited with Helmut Koopmann, Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2003). He has also published numerous articles on 19th- and 20th-century literary authors.

Table of Contents


Between Amnesia and Denial. Colonialism and German National Identity

Juergen Zimmerer and Michael PERRAUDIN (Sheffield)

SECTION 1: Colonialism before the Empire

Imperialism, Race and Genocide at the Paulskirche: Origins, Meanings, Trajectories

Brian VICK (Sheffield);

Time, Identity and Colonialism in German Travel Writing, 1848-1914: Gustav Nachtigal’s

‘Sahara und Sudan’ and Leo Frobenius’s ‘Und Afrika Sprach’

Tracey DAWE (Durham);

Performing the Metropolitan ‘habitus’ in Africa. Some Notes on the Praxis of European Travellers in 19th-Century Eastern and Central Africa

Michael PESEK (Berlin)

SECTION 2: Local Histories, Local Memories

Communal Memory Events and the Heritage of the Victims

Reinhart KÖßLER (Bochum);

Commemorating the Past—Building the Future: The Churches and the Centenary of the Genocide in Namibia

Hanns LESSING (Dortmund);

Narratives of a ‘Model Colony’: German Togoland in Written and Oral Histories

Dennis LAUMANN (Memphis)

SECTION 3: Heroic Discourses in the Imperial Centre

Germany’s War in China: Media Coverage & Political Myth

Yixu LU (Sydney);

Genocide in German South-West Africa: an Overview of the Discussion it Generated

Robin Krause (Clark University);

Abuses of German Colonial History: the Character of Carl Peters as Weapon for Völkisch and National Socialist Discourses: Anglophobia, Anti-Semitism, Aryanism

Constant KPAO SARE (Saarland)

SECTION 4: Colonialism and German Literature

Fraternity, Frenzy and Genocide. War Literature and the Colonial ‘Other’

Jörg LEHMANN (Berlin);

Representing German Colonial Interventions in Poland

Kristin KOPP (Missouri);

A Spotlight on a Dark Chapter in German History: Criticism of German Colonialism in Uwe Timm’s novel ‘Morenga’ and its Reception by the West German Public

Esther ALMSTADT (Bremen)

SECTION 5: Colonialism and Popular Culture

Exotic Education: Writing Empire for German Boys and Girls, 1884-1914

Jeffrey BOWERSOX (Toronto);

Picturing Genocide in German Consumer Culture, 1904-1910

David CIARLO (MIT, Boston);

‘Greetings from Africa’—The Visual Representation of Blackness under German Imperialism

Volker LANGBEHN (San Francisco)

SECTION 6: Colonialism after the End of Empire

‘Loyal Askari’ and ‘Black Rapist’—Two Images in the German Discourse on National Identity and their Impact on the Lives of Black People in Germany, 1918-1945

Susanne LEWERENZ (Hamburg);

‘Denkmalsturz.’ The German Student Movement and German Colonialism

Ingo CORNILS (Leeds);

Reflections on the Idea of ‘Colonial Amnesia’ in post-1945 West Germany

Monika ALBRECHT (Münster);

The Persistence of (Colonial) Fantasies

Wolfgang STRUCK (Erfurt)

SECTION 7: The Transnational Dimension

The Herero Genocide and Politics of Memory

Dominik SCHALLER (Heidelberg);

Vergangenheitsbewältigung à la française. (Post-)Colonial memories of the Herero Genocide and 17 October, 1961

Kathryn JONES (Swansea);

Beyond Empire: German Women in Africa 1919-1933

Britta SCHILLING (Oxford)

SECTION 8: Mainstreaming Colonialism

Colonialism and the Simplification of Language: Germany’s ‘kolonial-deutsch’ Experiment

Kenneth OROSZ (Maine);

Aspects of German Identity in the African Colonies: the Role of the Local Press

Elisabeth SCHMIDT (Paris);

Torn between Two Lovers: the Intercultural Discipline ‘Germanistik’ in Postcolonial Sub-Saharan Africa?

Arndt WITTE (Maynooth)




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