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    Retrospective and futuristic idealization: Defining German coloniality after the loss of empire


    Krobb, Florian (2017) Retrospective and futuristic idealization: Defining German coloniality after the loss of empire. Journal of European Studies, 47 (2). pp. 142-157. ISSN 0047-2441

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    Abstract

    The article discusses two very different examples of German post-imperial writing as manifestations of a colonialist imaginary that was both retrospective / nostalgic and futuristic / aspirational. They serve to illustrate how colonialist discourse after 1918 shaped attitudes towards colonial space in ways that survived the next historical caesura, that of 1945. Some of the animal stories from former German East Africa assembled in Rudolf Sendke’s book of reminiscences (1925) enact an idealized benevolent and respectful, yet determined and capable role of Germans in unruly and dangerous colonial space, while Adolf Kaempffer, 15 years later, devises a vision of the perfect National Socialist society based on social engineering and racial segregation to be created in an imaginary regained German South-West Africa

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Germany; post-colonialism; post-imperialism; Third Reich; Weimar period;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures > German
    Item ID: 11596
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0047244117700072
    Depositing User: Florian Krobb
    Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2019 17:15
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of European Studies
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Refereed: Yes
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