Decolonization in Germany

Weimar Narratives of Colonial Loss and Foreign Occupation

by Jared Poley (Author)
©2007 Monographs 290 Pages


When Germany lost its colonial empire after the Great War, many Germans were unsure how to understand this transition. They were the first Europeans to experience complete colonial loss, an event which came as Germany also wrestled with wartime collapse and foreign occupation.
In this book the author considers how Germans experienced this change from imperial power to postcolonial nation. This work examines what the loss of the colonies meant to Germans, and it analyzes how colonialist categories took on new meanings in Germany’s «post-colonial» period. Poley explores a varied collection of materials that ranges from the stories of popular writer Hanns Heinz Ewers to the novels, essays, speeches, pamphlets, posters, and archival materials of nationalist groups in the occupied Rhineland to show how decolonization affected Germans. When the relationships between metropole and colony were suddenly severed, Germans were required to reassess many things: nation and empire, race and power, sexuality and gender, economics and culture.


ISBN (Softcover)
Deutsch Literatur Entkolonialisierung (Motiv) Politische Identität (Motiv) Colonial loss Hybridity Occupation Travel Postcolonial resistance Geschichte 1918-1933 African imperialist Wartime collapse Ewers, Hanns Heinz Nationalism Race Power
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2005, 2007. 290 pp.

Biographical notes

Jared Poley (Author)

The Author: Jared Poley is an assistant professor at Georgia State University, where he teaches European cultural and intellectual history and world history. He earned a doctorate in Modern European History in 2001 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was part of a rich intellectual environment that encouraged inter- and cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of the past.


Title: Decolonization in Germany