The German colonial experience : select documents on German rule in Africa, China, and the Pacific 1884-1914 /
edited by Arthur J. Knoll and Hermann J. Hiery.
Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, c2010.
xx, 544 p. ; 23 cm.
0761839003 (Paper), 9780761839002 (Paper)
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Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, c2010.
0761839003 (Paper)
9780761839002 (Paper)
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Includes bibliographical references.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Hermann J. Hiery holds the Chair for Modern History at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. He is a specialist in the history of Germany's former Pacific colonies and the Chairman of the German Society for Overseas history.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-12-01:
This is a valuable collection of primary sources on the German colonial movement (1865-1914). German sources are translated into English, and the collection is organized into 20 topical chapters ranging from "Colonial Agitation and Prehistory" to "Judging the German Colonial Performance." Each chapter has a brief introductory essay, and the volume's front matter provides general background for the topic. Documents are in roughly chronological order within each chapter and proceed through the geography of German colonialism--starting in west Africa, then southwest Africa, east Africa, the Pacific, and finally east Asia--for each topic as appropriate. Sources have been selected with care; taken together, they present a logical view of the development of German colonial policies over the decades in question. However, the result is marred by poor editing and numerous nonvernacular renderings in English translations. Information on dates, source languages, and recipients/senders of letters and reports is often lacking in the documents themselves, requiring readers to consult the closing section, "Sources of the Documents," to fill in these gaps. The lack of an index makes it difficult to follow topical threads through the book. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. J. H. Spohrer University of California, Berkeley
Review Quotes
A a wide-ranging edition of colonial sources which thoroughly documents German colonial rule in many and varied fields and aspects, such as administration, economy, religion, and science. It includes and integrates new and modern aspects of cultural and social sciences, gender history, and postcolonial studies. Above all, it extensively incorporates indigenous activities, views, and perceptions.
A major contribution to the scholarship of imperialism and to the body of materials available for teaching colonial history. It should be extremely valuable to researchers doing comparative work and to those who want a German perspective on colonial phenomena, but cannot access German archives directly. It will be equally useful for providing primary texts to students in courses on imperial, colonial, and global history. The annotations to the documents are especially helpful: sufficient, but not excessive or intimidating.
This is a valuable collection of primary sources on the German colonial movement....Sources have been selected with care; taken together, they present a logical view of the development of German colonial policies over the decades in question....Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers.
The editors have succeeded in providing the reader with an interesting insight into the short-lived German colonial empire.
The goal of this book to publish important documents related to German colonialism in all their variety and regional differences in order to make them available to a broad, non-German-speaking audience is certainly worthwhile.
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Long Description
The German Colonial Experience provides readers with an understanding of how the Germans gained, explored, pacified, ruled, and exploited their colonies prior to their loss in World War I. Knoll and Hiery show how Africans, Chinese, and Pacific Islanders reacted to German rule, how the Germans ran the daily affairs of government, their vision for the colonized peoples, and how the colonizers and the colonized perceived one another. In other words, how did German colonial rule actually work? This book intensely scrutinizes colonial documents, most of them in German script, from archives not only in Germany, but also from places such as Australia, New Guinea, and Samoa. Many of these documents have never previously been published, even in the original German.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. VII
Introductionp. IX
Colonial Agitation and Prehistoryp. 1
Acquisition of Coloniesp. 25
Charter Companiesp. 65
Colonial Military and Policep. 79
Governancep. 93
Colonial Biographiesp. 115
Lawp. 135
Laborp. 173
Economyp. 193
Infrastructurep. 223
Sciencep. 251
Ecologyp. 291
Religionp. 311
Educationp. 345
Settler Societies and Self-Rulep. 367
Women in Empirep. 389
Race Relationsp. 405
Viewing the "Other"p. 419
Indigenous Responses to Colonial Rulep. 453
Judging the German Colonial Performancep. 495
Abbreviationsp. 513
Sources for the Documentsp. 514
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