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»Ich kenne genug Stämme in Afrika«
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Abstract: Although Lothar von Trotha is well known for his role in Germany’s genocide in... mehr
»Ich kenne genug Stämme in Afrika«
Abstract: Although Lothar von Trotha is well known for his role in Germany’s genocide in Southwest Africa, his eventful career has been largely ignored from the perspective of offering an explanation for his conduct in 1904 / 1905, although he himself justified his decisions with explicit reference to previous experiences in other colonial contexts. Therefore the essay investigates for the first time in detail Trotha’s assignments to Germany’s inner peripheries on the western and eastern borderlands, during the wars against Austria and France, in East Africa and in China as an “imperial biography.” Against this background his later actions reemerge not as a consequence of his lack of experience, but as a particular form of imperial policy, instead. Greater attention to similar careers could throw new light on the imperial dimension of German military history before 1914.