With some of the most important essays from the past five years exploring the "continuity thesis," this anthology debates the links between German colonialist activities and the behavior of Germany during World War II.
Others remain skeptical and challenge the continuity thesis.
The contributors also examine Germany's colonial past with debates over the country's identity and history and compare its colonial crimes with other European ventures.
Christian Missionary Societies in the German Colonies, 1884/85-1914/15, by Ulrich van der Heyden11.
German Colonialism and the British Neighbor in Africa Before 1914: Self-Definitions, Lines of Demarcation, and Cooperation, by Ulrike Lindner Part V. "Kalashnikovs, Not Coca-Cola, Bring Self-Determination to Angola": The Two Germanys, Lusophone Africa, and the Rhetoric of Colonial Difference, by Luís Madureira13.
Volker Langbehn teaches German in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at San Francisco State University and is the editor of German Colonialism, Visual Culture, and Modern Memory.
Continuity Thesis Germany
In the history of ideas, the continuity thesis is the hypothesis that there was no radical discontinuity between the intellectual development of the Middle Ages and the developments in the Renaissance and early modern period.From a variety of ambitious and theoretically informed standpoints, these essays present German colonialism in a challenging new light.its essays prove that the study of German colonialism is crucial to understanding a wide range of central issues related to German history, and that the field is becoming increasingly more interdisciplinary and transnational, and, as a result, generating substantial insights.Thus the idea of an intellectual or scientific revolution following the Renaissance is, according to the continuity thesis, a myth.Some continuity theorists point to earlier intellectual revolutions occurring in the Middle Ages, usually referring to the European Renaissance of the 12th century as a sign of continuity.Hannah Arendt, Imperialisms, and the Holocaust, by A. Caesura, Continuity, and Myth: The Stakes of Tethering the Holocaust to German Colonial Theory, by Kitty Millet Part III.Looking East: Poland, the Ottoman Empire, and Politicized Jihadism 6.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, new scholarship compares these acts to Nazi practices on the Eastern and Western fronts.Langbehn and Salama's first-rate collection frames the problem and even provides some tentative answers.After many years of neglect, the study of the history of German colonialism is booming, stressing the global reach of German interests, the varying directions of German expansionism, and the aggressive drives behind German imperialism over a much longer period than previously considered.