Savage worlds: German encounters abroad, 1798–1914

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Matthew Fitzpatrick, Peter Monteath
Manchester University Press, Jul 20, 2018 - History - 272 pages
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With an eye to recovering the experiences of those in frontier zones of contact, Savage Worlds maps a wide range of different encounters between Germans and non-European indigenous peoples in the age of high imperialism. Examining outbreaks of radical violence as well as instances of mutual co-operation, it examines the differing goals and experiences of German explorers, settlers, travellers, merchants, and academics, and how the variety of projects they undertook shaped their relationship with the indigenous peoples they encountered.
Examining the multifaceted nature of German interactions with indigenous populations, this volume offers historians and anthropologists clear evidence of the complexity of the colonial frontier and frontier zone encounters. It poses the question of how far Germans were able to overcome their initial belief that, in leaving Europe, they were entering ‘savage worlds’.

 

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Contents

List of figures
Germans and their savages
the Tolai of East New Britain in
AfricanGerman encounters
the Neuendettelsau missionaries encounter with
Signs of the savage in the skull? German investigations of Australian
colonialism in the photographs and letters of
the Australian Aborigines and the question
The savagery of America? Nineteenthcentury German literature
the Philippines
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Matthew P Fitzpatrick is Associate Professor of International History at Flinders University, Adelaide

Peter Monteath is Professor of History at Flinders University, Adelaide

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