The German Colonial Experience: Select Documents on German Rule in Africa, China, and the Pacific 1884-1914

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Arthur J. Knoll, Hermann J. Hiery
University Press of America, Mar 10, 2010 - Education - 544 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Colonial Agitation and Prehistory
1
Acquisition of Colonies
25
Charter Companies
65
Colonial Military and Police
79
Governance
93
Colonial Biographies
115
Law
135
Labor
173
Religion
311
Education
345
Settler Societies and SelfRule
367
Women in Empire
389
Race Relations
405
Viewing the Other
419
Indigenous Responses to Colonial Rule
453
Judging the German Colonial Performance
495

Economy
193
Infrastructure
223
Science
251
Ecology
291
Abbreviations
513
Sources for the Documents
514
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Arthur J. Knoll, the retired David E. Underdown Professor of History at The University of the South, taught African, Middle Eastern, and military history for thirty-seven years.
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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