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. 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. Some contributors argue
the country's domination of southwestern Africa gave rise to
perceptions of racial difference and superiority at home, building
upon a nascent nationalism that blossomed into National Socialism
and the Holocaust. 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. Other
issues explored include the denial or marginalization of German
genocide and the place of colonialism and the Holocaust within
German and Israeli postwar relations.
Subjects: History, Religion, Political Science, Anthropology
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