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Revenants of the German EmpireColonial Germans, Imperialism, and the League of Nations$
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Sean Andrew Wempe

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190907211

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190907211.001.0001

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From Unfit Imperialists to Fellow Civilizers

From Unfit Imperialists to Fellow Civilizers

German Colonial Officials on the Permanent Mandates Commission

(p.157) 5 From Unfit Imperialists to Fellow Civilizers
Revenants of the German Empire

Sean Andrew Wempe

Oxford University Press

During the tenure of the League’s mandates system, several former German colonial officials rose to prominence in the League of Nations as “imperial experts.” The involvement of German colonial officials in League agencies and events suggests that although no longer part of an imperial power and officially ostracized from the “work of civilization,” Germans remained adaptive contributors to international discourses on empire. In order to determine how individual Germans and lobbying interests were able to make use of the spirit of internationalism to minimize their association with “unfit imperialists” and re-establish themselves as “fellow civilizers,” this chapter focuses on the interwar careers and interactions of two colonial officials, Dr. Ludwig Kastl and Dr. Julius Ruppel—former bureaucrats who had served in the African colonies, each of whom became German members on the PMC.

Keywords:   imperialism, internationalism, Mandates System, Permanent Mandates Commission, Weimar Germany, Ludwig Kastl, Juliius Ruppel, Iraqi mandate, East African mandate

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