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German Colonialism Race, the Holocaust, and Postwar Germany

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ISBN-10: 0231149735

ISBN-13: 9780231149730

Edition: 2011

Authors: Volker Langbehn, 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, controversial new scholarship compares the acts of this period with Nazi practices on the Eastern and Western fronts.Examples of the most important research conducted on the "continuity thesis" over the past five years, the chapters in this anthology debate the connections between German colonialist activities and the behavior of Germany during World War II. Some argue that the country's domination of southwestern Africa gave rise to perceptions of racial difference and superiority at home, contributing to a nascent nationalism that blossomed into National Socialism and the Holocaust. Others remain skeptical, and both sides are well-represented. Contributors merge Germany's colonial past with debates over the country's identity and history and compare its colonial crimes with other European ventures. Issues discussed range from the denial or marginalization of German genocide to the place of colonialism and the Holocaust within Germany and Israel's postwar relations. Authors also compare the legacy of genocide in both Europe and Africa.
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 5/17/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Reconfiguring German Colonialism
Colonial (Dis)Continuities: Framing the Issue
Borrowed Light: Nietzsche and the Colonies
German Colonialism: Some Reflections on Reassessments, Specificities, and Constellations
Lebensraum and Genocide
Against �Human Diversity as Such�: Lebensraum and Genocide in the Third Reich
Hannah Arendt, Imperialisms, and the Holocaust
Caesura, Continuity, and Myth: The Stakes of Tethering the Holocaust to German Colonial Theory
Looking East: Poland, the Ottoman Empire, and Politicized Jihadism
Germany's Adventures in the Orient: A History of Ambivalent Semicolonial Entanglements
Arguing the Case for a Colonial Poland
Colonialism, and No End: The Other Continuity Theses
Of Missionaries, Economics, and Intranational Self-Perception
The Purpose of German Colonialism, or the Long Shadow of Bismarck's Colonial Policy
Christian Missionary Societies in the German Colonies, 1884/85-1914/15
German Colonialism and the British Neighbor in Africa Before 1914: Self-Definitions, Lines of Demarcation, and Cooperation
Postcolonial German Politics
�Kalashnikovs, Not Coca-Cola, Bring Self-Determination to Angola�: The Two Germanys, Lusophone Africa, and the Rhetoric of Colonial Difference
Germany, Palestine, Israel, and the (Post)Colonial Imagination
Contributors
Index