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Postcolonial Germany: Memories of Empire in a Decolonized Nation

Britta Schilling


At the end of the First World War, Germany appeared to have lost everything: the lives of millions of soldiers and civilians, control over borderland territories, and, above all, a sense of national self-worth in the international political arena. But it also lost almost three million square kilometres of land overseas in the form of colonies and concessions in Africa, China, and the Pacific. Allied powers declared Germany unfit to rule over overseas populations, and it was forcibly decolonized. It thus became the first ‘postcolonial’ European nation to participate in the ‘new imperialism’ of ... More

Keywords: Germany, empire, Africa, European history, world history, material culture, memory, postcolonialism, colonialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198703464
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703464.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Britta Schilling, author
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Cambridge