Zimmerer, Jürgen (2021): German rule, African subjects

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Zimmerer, Jürgen: German rule, African subjects. State Aspirations and the Reality of Power in Colonial Namibia, Oxford 2021 (Translated from the original German version “Deutsche Herrschaft über Afrikaner”, 2000)

Description by the publisher, Berghahn Books, New York & Oxford:

“Although it lasted only thirty years, German colonial rule dramatically transformed South West Africa. The colonial government not only committed the first genocide of the twentieth century against the Herero and Nama, but in their efforts to establish a ‘model colony’ and ‘racial state’, they brought about even more destructive and long-lasting consequences. In this now-classic study—available here for the first time in English—the author provides an indispensable account of Germany’s colonial utopia in what is present-day Namibia, showing how the highly rationalized planning of Wilhelmine authorities ultimately failed even as it added to the profound immiseration of the African population.”

Table of contents:

List of Illustrations – viii

Preface to the English Edition – ix

Abbreviations – xiv

Introduction – 1

Chapter 1 The Establishment of the Schutzgebiet and ‘Native Policy’ up until 1907 – 17

Chapter 2 The Codification of ‘Native Policy’ after 1905 – 70

Chapter 3 Demographics, Economics and Institutions: Basic Factors after the War – 139

Chapter 4 Securing Colonial Rule – 159

Chapter 5 The Labour Market: Recruitment and Working Conditions – 222

Chapter 6 Social Discipline, Educational Policy and the Taxation of the Africans – 307

Conclusion – 355

Appendix. Diagrams and Tables – 365

Glossary – 369

Bibliography – 373

Index – 411

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