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German colonialism : race, the Holocaust, and postwar Germany

Author: Volker Max Langbehn; Mohammad Salama
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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More than half a century before the mass executions of the Holocaust, Germany devastated the peoples of southwestern Africa. While colonialism might seem marginal to German history, new scholarship compares these acts to Nazi practices on the Eastern and Western fronts. With some of the most important essays from the past five years exploring the "continuity thesis," this anthology debates the links between German  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Kongress
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Volker Max Langbehn; Mohammad Salama
ISBN: 9780231149723 0231149727 9780231149730 0231149735 9780231520546 0231520549
OCLC Number: 635463883
Description: xxxi, 327 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Reconfiguring German colonialism / Volker Langbehn and Mohammad Salama --
pt. 1. Colonial (dis)continuities : framing the issue --
Borrowed light : Nietzsche and the colonies / Timothy Brennan --
German colonialism : some reflections on reassessments, specificities, and constellations / Birthe Kundrus --
pt. 2. Lebensraum and genocide --
Against "human diversity as such" : Lebensraum and genocide in the Third Reich / Shelley Baranowski --
Hannah Arendt, imperialisms, and the Holocaust / A. Dirk Moses --
Caesura, continuity, and myth : the stakes of tethering the Holocaust to German colonial theory / Kitty Millet --
pt. 3. Looking East : Poland, the Ottoman Empire, and politicized Jihadism --
Germany's adventures in the Orient : a history of ambivalent semicolonial entanglements / Malte Fuhrmann --
Arguing the case for a colonial Poland / Kristin Kopp --
Colonialism, and no end : the other continuity theses / Russell A. Berman --
pt. 4. Of missionaries, economics, and intranational self-perception --
The purpose of German colonialism, or, The long shadow of Bismarck's colonial policy / Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann --
Christian missionary societies in the German colonies, 1884/85-1914/15 / Ulrich van der Heyden --
German colonialism and the British neighbor in Africa before 1914 : self-definitions, lines of demarcation, and cooperation / Ulrike Lindner --
pt. 5. Postcolonial German politics --
"Kalashnikovs, not Coca-Cola, bring self-determination to Angola" : the two Germanys, Lusophone Africa, and the rhetoric of colonial difference / Luís Madureira --
Germany, Palestine, Israel, and the (post)colonial imagination / Martin Braach-Maksvytis.
Responsibility: edited by Volker Langbehn and Mohammad Salama.
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More than half a century before the mass executions of the Holocaust, Germany devastated the peoples of southwestern Africa. While colonialism might seem marginal to German history, new scholarship compares these acts to Nazi practices on the Eastern and Western fronts. With some of the most important essays from the past five years exploring the "continuity thesis," this anthology debates the links between German colonialist activities and the behavior of Germany during World War II. Some contributors argue the country's domination of southwestern Africa gave rise to perceptions of racial difference and superiority at home, building upon a nascent nationalism that blossomed into National Socialism and the Holocaust. Others remain skeptical and challenge the continuity thesis. The contributors also examine Germany's colonial past with debates over the country's identity and history and compare its colonial crimes with other European ventures. Other issues explored include the denial or marginalization of German genocide and the place of colonialism and the Holocaust within German and Israeli postwar relations.

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A must-read for anyone interested in the relationship between colonialism and genocide. These contributors bring together diverse geographical settings, texts, and political opinions--an exciting Read more...

 
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