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Looking after One’s Own

Winter, Christine

Looking after One’s Own

The Rise of Nationalism and the Politics of the Neuendettelsauer Mission in Australia, New Guinea and Germany (1921–1933)

Series: Germanica Pacifica - Volume 9

Year of Publication: 2012

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. XII, 238 pp., 5 fig.
ISBN 978-3-631-60320-8 hb.  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.430 kg, 0.948 lbs

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Book synopsis

Looking after One’s Own is a political history of a German mission society during the last years of the Weimar Republic. It investigates the gradual engagement of the Neuendettelsauer Lutherans in Bavaria with National Socialism, and the tensions between this development and the restructuring of the Lutheran mission fields in New Guinea between 1929 and the early 1930s. It is an interdisciplinary, transnational history connecting events in Germany with developments in New Guinea and Australia. The author explores the impact of political desires, national ambitions and missionary aspirations. Looking after One’s Own shows a sophisticated appreciation of the distinction between principle and pragmatism and the ability of individuals to hold them both in suspension in their actions.


Contents: German foreign missions and National Socialism – Transnational history connecting Germany, New Guinea and Australia – German colonialism – Australian colonialism – Weimar Republic – Racial theory and Anti-Semitism – Politics of the Neuendettelsauer Mission – League of Nations Mandate system – NSDAP organisations abroad – Oceania.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Christine Winter, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Queensland and Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, is an expert on National Socialism and the German Diaspora in Oceania.


«Drawing extensively on government and missionary archives in Germany and Australia, especially those in Neuendettelsau itself, Christine Winter has written a remarkably interesting and original account of a little known aspect of the history of Weimar and Nazi Germany, one that intersects in unexpected ways with the history of Australia and New Guinea as well.» (Stewart Firth, Australian Journal of Politics and History 59, 2013/3)


Germanica Pacifica. Vol. 9
Edited by James N. Bade