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«On Myself» and other Princeton Lectures

An Annotated Edition by James N. Bade based on Mann's Lecture Typescripts

James Bade

Of Thomas Mann's public lectures at Princeton University, On Myself is of particular interest. Since the publication of the German text in 1966, it has been increasingly referred to as the definitive authorial comment on Mann's works, themes, and sources. The English version in which it was given in May 1940 appears here for the first time, in its two parts entitled From Childhood Play to «Death in Venice» and On my own Work, together with the two lectures Richard Wagner and «The Ring of the Nibelung» and Goethe's «Werther», which Thomas Mann delivered in English at Princeton in 1939. The lectures are put in context by the editor's informative introduction and annotations, which also detail Mann's handwritten alterations to the typescripts on which the edition is based.
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Karl Hanssen’s Samoan War Diaries, August 1914-May 1915

A German Perspective on New Zealand’s Military Occupation of German Samoa- With the Assistance of James Braund, Alexandra Jespersen, and Nicola Pienaar

James Bade

With the arrival of 1,400 New Zealand troops in Apia at the beginning of World War I, the government of Samoa was transformed peacefully from a German «protectorate» to a New Zealand military administration. The New Zealand administrator, Colonel Robert Logan, who now found himself in charge of not just hundreds of bored New Zealand troops, but an entire country and its colonial apparatus was, however, completely out of his depth. This is borne out by ensuing events, all documented in detail by Karl Hanssen, manager of the large DHPG German copra production company. Hanssen’s complete diaries from August 1914 to May 1915, compiled from the original manuscripts held at the Berlin Federal Archives and the Auckland War Memorial Museum, are presented here for the first time, both in English translation and in the German original. This annotated edition provides a rare and unique insight into the experience of World War I in the South Pacific.
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Von Luckner: A Reassessment

Count Felix von Luckner in New Zealand and the South Pacific 1917-1919 and 1938

James Bade

When Felix von Luckner arrived in New Zealand in 1917 as a prisoner of war, anti-German sentiment was rife. Yet his gentlemanly conduct towards crews captured in his raiding activities, along with his audacious escape from Motuihe Island, made him a folk hero, and he was certainly treated as one by many New Zealanders on his return in 1938. A number of controversies surround him and his activities, however. Archival documents have now become available in both Germany and New Zealand which clarify various matters that have remained unresolved for many years.
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James Bade

Germans in Tonga is the culmination of an eight-year research project in which the author and his team of researchers gathered biographical material on Germans in Tonga. There are four main sources: the British Consul Tonga files, held in the Western Pacific Archives of the University of Auckland Library Special Collections; the Defence Department Enemy Aliens files and Aliens Records held at Archives New Zealand in Wellington; the Archives of the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) in Berlin; and the Ministry of Justice Archives in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The volume contains short biographies of over 350 Germans in Tonga born over a 110-year period between 1822 and 1932 and features an introduction by the author on the historical background to the German connection with Tonga.
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Karl Hanssen’s memoirs provide an invaluable outsider’s view of life in New Zealand prisons and a unique perspective on German Samoa under New Zealand occupation. In October 1915, Hanssen, manager of the DHPG, a large German copra production company, was sent from Samoa to New Zealand to serve a six-month sentence imposed by a New Zealand military court for bypassing war censorship regulations. He served his sentence in a number of prisons in New Zealand, including two months in the high-security prison, Mt Eden.
Hanssen’s memoirs – in English translation and in the original German – are made available for the first time in this edition, which also features photos from his Samoan album and a comprehensive introduction by Bronwyn Chapman on the historical and political background.
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Edited by James Bade

Germanica Pacifica is the academic series of the Research Centre for Germanic Connections with New Zealand and the Pacific of the University of Auckland, New Zealand. The Centre's primary objective is to encourage research on the historical and cultural links between New Zealand and the Pacific region on the one hand and the German-speaking countries on the other. Germanica Pacifica publishes monographs and collections of essays which highlight these cultural links.

Prior to publication, the quality of works published in this series is checked by the Series Editor and members of the Editorial Board.

Website of the editor: Prof. Dr. James Bade