Germany's Colonial Pasts

by Sander L. Gilman

Part of the Texts and Contexts Series

Germany's Colonial Pasts Synopsis

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.

Germany's Colonial Pasts Press Reviews

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780803248199
Publication date: 1st December 2005
Author: Sander L. Gilman
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 260 pages
Categories: European history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, General & world history,

About Sander L. Gilman

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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