This collection provides a comprehensive treatment of the German colonial empire and its significance. Leading scholars show not only how the colonies influenced metropolitan life and the character of German politics during the Bismarckian and Wilhelmine eras (1871–1918), but also how colonial mentalities and practices shaped later histories during the Nazi era. In introductory essays, editors Geoff Eley and Bradley Naranch survey the historiography and broad developments in the imperial imaginary of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Contributors then examine a range of topics, from science and the colonial state to the disciplinary constructions of Africans as colonial subjects for German administrative control. They consider the influence of imperialism on German society and culture via the mass-marketing of imperial imagery; conceptions of racial superiority in German pedagogy; and the influence of colonialism on German anti-Semitism. The collection concludes with several essays that address geopolitics and the broader impact of the German imperial experience.
Contributors. Dirk Bönker, Jeff Bowersox, David Ciarlo, Sebastian Conrad, Christian S. Davis, Geoff Eley, Jennifer Jenkins, Birthe Kundus, Klaus Mühlhahn, Bradley Naranch, Deborah Neill, Heike Schmidt, J. P. Short, George Steinmetz, Dennis Sweeney, Brett M. Van Hoesen, Andrew Zimmerman
Introduction. German Colonialism Made Simple / Bradley Naranch
1. Empire by Land or Sea? Germany's Imperial Imaginary, 1840–1945 / Geoff Eley
2. Scientific Autonomy and Empire, 1880–1945: Four German Sociologists / George Steinmetz
3. Science and Civilizing Missions: Germans and the Transnational Community of Tropical Medicine / Deborah J. Neill
4. Ruling Africa: Science as Sovereignty in the German Colonial Empire and Its Aftermath / Andrew Zimmerman
5. Who Is the Master Colony? Propriety, Honor, and Manliness in German East Africa / Heike I. Schmidt
6. A New Imperial Vision? The Limits of German Colonialism in China / Klaus Mühlhahn
7. Experts, Migrants, Refugees: Making of the German Colony in Iran, 1900–1934 / Jennifer Jenkins
8. Classroom Colonialism: Race, Pedagogy, and Patriotism in Imperial Germany / Jeff Bowersox
9. Mass-Marketing the Empire: Colonial Fantasies and Advertising Visions / David Ciarlo
10. Colonialism, War, and the German Working Class: Popular Mobilization in the 1907 Reichstag Elections / John Phillip Short
11. Colonialism and the Anti-Semitic Movement in Imperial Germany / Christian S. Davis
12. Internal Colonialism in Germany: Culture Wars, Germanification of the Soil, and the Global Market Imaginary / Sebastian Conrad
13. Pan-German Conceptions of Colonial Empire / Dennis Sweeney
14. Maritme Force and the Limits of Empire: Warfare, Commerce, and Law in Germany and the United States before the First World War / Dirk Bönker
15. The Rhineland Controversy and Weimer Postcolonialism / Brett M. Van Hoesen
16. Colonialism, Imperialism, National Socialism: How Imperial Was the Third Reich? / Birthe Kundrus
List of Contributors
"This landmark collection showcases the latest research in many areas of German colonialism. As a state-of-the-art expression of a vibrant field, German Colonialism in a Global Age will set a new benchmark and become a standard reference."
A. Dirk Moses, author of German Intellectuals and the Nazi Past
"The volume offers both sophisticated historiographical reflection and rich empirical contributions. It is the best single volume on German colonialism."
Lora Wildenthal, author of
German Women for Empire, 1884–1945
"German Colonialism in a Global Age is a solid contribution to the study of German imperialism. It expands the study of Germany’s colonialist past beyond earlier scholarship. However, its greatest contribution is to provide the wider community of scholars a window (or perhaps more accurately, a number of windows) into current research into the nature of German colonialism as part of the larger European colonial venture."
H-Diplo, H-Net Reviews
"This excellently edited collection summarizing the latest research on German colonialism will be extremely useful for faculty and students alike. . . . Highly recommended."
"The collection incorporates creative scholarship that offers insight into previously unexamined or underexamined dimensions and agents of German colonialism. . . . German Colonialism in a Global Age is a welcome addition to the growing literature on German imperialism."
Daniel J. Walther
Central European History
"This edited volume does an admirable job of tackling the task set before it and by widening the definitions of what colonialism meant for those who imagined themselves as colonialists, invites us to reconsider imperial history and the global interactions that played a fundamental role in shaping it."
LSE Review of Books
"These essays succeed magnificently in documenting the new vitality of German colonial studies. Naranch and Eley are to be congratulated on a volume that will be the starting point for all future research on the subject."
Journal of European Studies