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Re: Recommended books on German Colonies & Overseas Expediti

Postby Chris Dale » 07 Jan 2013 18:00

Thank you for the recommendations Bernd!

That last one with the photos sounds especially interesting...

Happy New Year,
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Re: Recommended books on German Colonies & Overseas Expediti

Postby Matteus » 21 Dec 2014 19:31

Tanja Bührer: Die Kaiserliche Schutztruppe für Deutsch-Ostafrika.

Michael Pesek: Das Ende eines Kolonialreiches. Ostafrika im Ersten Weltkrieg.

Susanne Kuß: Deutsches Militär auf kolonialen Kriegsschauplätzen. Eskalation von Gewalt zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts.

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Re: Recommended books on German Colonies & Overseas Expediti

Postby Regenzeit » 21 Jan 2015 07:57

Glanz & Gloria Verlag in Windhoek released new books recently, covering colonial history in German South West Africa.
1.) "Meine Kriegserlebnisse in Deutsch-Südwestafrika" the experiences of a German officer during the Herero-uprising, Waterberg-Battle, securing the eastern border and later his engagement during the Nama-uprising.
2.) Also published was the 3rd volume of "Der 1. Weltkrieg in Deutsch-Südwestafrika 1914/15" this book is covering: a.) landing of the union-troops in Lüderitzbay; b.) Troops movements in the south of GSWA; c.) The battle at Kakamas. Never before was the history of the Great-War in GSWA written in so much detail, full of unknown facts and plenty of photographs. The books are sold in Germany by Namibiana-Buchdepot in Delmenhorst.

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Re: Recommended books on German Colonies & Overseas Expediti

Postby Chris Dale » 21 Jan 2015 13:18

:welcome:

That's good news. I can recommend Glanz & Gloria Verlag books. They have lots of first hand information and unseen photos. Thanks for posting here and keep us updated on other publications from Glanz & Gloria Verlag.

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Re: Recommended books on German Colonies & Overseas Expediti

Postby Regenzeit » 27 Jan 2015 20:32

110 years after the up-rising of the Herero nation in German South-West-Africa, an interesting book was published by Glanz & Gloria Verlag . It covers the story of the very first "Armoured-Train" in German military history. It is in the true sense of the word a "Eisenbahnerbuch" but not only...
When the war broke out and the German settlement Okahandja was besieged by the Herero, a train was sent from the coastal town Swakopmund in aid of their countrymen in Okahandja. It was an extremely difficult task, from Karibib onward, the Herero had the railway-lines sabotaged, which means the train only could move slowly to avoid accidents or even a disaster. En route they had to repair rails while being shot at from Herero in the dense bush...This book was written by Walter Paschasius, who was part of this expedition under the leadership of Oberleutnant von Zülow. This book is available at Militariaverlag Weber office@militariafachbuch.de or at Namibiana Buchdepot, buchdepot@namibiana.de, both located in Germany.

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Re: Recommended books on German Colonies & Overseas Expediti

Postby Tanzania » 22 Dec 2015 05:27

The colleges of the GREAT WAR FORUM mentioned this link.

War Office Maps online: British East Africa 1890 -1940
http://www.bl.uk/col...-office-archive

Really very interesting. For sample if you search only for GEA, you get 444 results:
http://explore.bl.uk/primo_library/libw ... &fn=search
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Re: Recommended books on German Colonies & Overseas Expediti

Postby James A Pratt III » 09 Mar 2016 23:20

online at haititrust.org "Military Operations Togoland and the Cameroons 1914-1916"
"Military Operations East Africa 1914-1916"

see the great war forums Sub Sahara Africa section for more information on the campaigns in Africa

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Re: Recommended books on German Colonies & Overseas Expediti

Postby Tanzania » 27 Nov 2016 04:44

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Spaces of Negotiation, European Settlement and Settlers in German East Africa, 1900-1914, Philippe Söldenwagner, München 2008

Just ready with reading; Very interesting; here a brief recession:

“German East Africa was a hybrid colony. It was neither completely a settlement nor a trade colony, and its hybrid
character opened up “spaces of negotiation” between German settlers and the colony’s other inhabitants. In Spaces
of Negotiations, Söldenwagner uses an anthropological approach to explore the interactions between German settlers,
other Europeans, and Africans in German East Africa in the decade and a half before the outbreak of World War I.
Using records from the colonial administration, memoirs, travel reports, and newspapers, Söldenwagner describes
the negotiated character of colonial policy as well as the rich interpersonal interactions and negotiations of identity
that took place in the every-day life of the colony. . . ”


Section of the Source: Review of Söldenwagner by Christopher Molnar.
http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=14775


For me it’s always very interesting to compare the perspectives at that time with the point of views from today:

German East Africa as a Settlement Region for Europeans, Taking into Consideration British East Africa and Nyassaland, 1912
(Deutsch-Ostafrika als Siedlungsgebiet für Europäer unter Berücksichtigung Britisch-Ostafrikas und Nyassalandes)
https://www.wdl.org/en/item/2556/

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Re: Recommended books on German Colonies & Overseas Expediti

Postby Tanzania » 20 Dec 2016 20:16

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»Das Ende eines Kolonialreiches«, Ostafrika im Ersten Weltkrieg, Michael Pesek, Campus Verlag, 2010
»The End of a Colonial Empire«, East Africa during the First World War, Michael Pesek, Campus publisher, 2010
http://www.campus.de/buecher-campus-ver ... -3730.html


To publish in the present-day Germany a book about the German Colonial time is a sensitive issue and will be therefore a comparatively
high risk. The interest in German-speaking area in this topic is extremely low. This applies in particular publications which handle this
theme in an objective way. The last author, who try to deal with this topic in an objective and dispassionate way was Dr. Tanja Bührer.
A comment to her work: “Some recent revisionist German historians have recently portrayed Lettow’s aggressive and brutal actions
as less than heroic and constituting ‘nothing but a military coup’. . .Tanja Bührer, »Die Kaiserliche Schutztruppe für Deutsch-Ostafrika«,
De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2011
” By the way, Dr. Bührer is Swiss and work at the University Bern.

The historian Dr. Michael Pesek, guest professor for African history at the Humboldt University in Berlin wrote a work about the East
African campaign 1914-1918. Unusual therefore due to the German point of view and because of his harsh, but very objective manner.
Another aspect of unusualness is the time of this publication for, the primarily, due to the language, only German public. In contrast to
most of the current German historians, which are also in a commercial dependence in their scientific activity for public commission,
Pesek renounces completely on a moral component. for certain for many not critical enough. This is currently a not to be underestimated
factor to meet the unspoken, but definitely owed to the requested political correctness in the present Germany.

Pesek reviewed also not only German sources, he also studied in British, Zambian, Rhodesian, South African, Belgian and Portuguese
sources, which is in the international historian scene not obvious. Another positive factor is the clear and Index structure for the battle
fields in time periods, participants or rather actors on German site. Last but not least studied some new, rare sources from unknown
German sources the investigations in his publication. Pesek reflected also in his scientific analyses and conclusions the backgrounds
and limited to the pure facts.

(The origin of Pesek´s favourite word for the Belgian Force public soldiers, “Bulamatari” I could not quite understand in the context
of the time period of 1914-1918. The Bantu language group Kikongo and also the subgroup Lingala in the Congo knows this word
in the translation in the singular form “The man who break stone / Stone-breaker” and was well known published in connection with
the British adventure Henry Morton Stanley who crossed in the 19 century the Congo. But I never heard this for Belgian Askari / s)



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A German review on this work from Christoph Kamissek, M.A.: http://www.geschichte.uni-rostock.de/le ... /kamissek/
Editorially maintained by Prof. Dr. phil. Andreas Eckert: https://www.iaaw.hu-berlin.de/de/afrika ... er/1681578

“ . . . Und als der deutsche Oberbefehlshaber Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck nach überraschenden Erfolgen
in den Jahren 1914 und 1915 angesichts der alliierten Offensive zunehmend zu einem Guerillakrieg
überging, nahm die deutsche Kolonialherrschaft wieder einen ähnlich sporadischen, unberechenbaren
und gewalttätigen Charakter an wie in der unmittelbaren kolonialen Eroberungsphase. . . Bei einer noch
konsequenteren Einnahme dieses Blickwinkels hätte eventuell auch die Frage nach der Modernisierungs-
und Ordnungswirkung des Krieges anders gestellt oder ganz vermieden werden können. Vorstellungen
eines besonders exzentrischen deutschen Kolonialismus legt Peseks Studie hingegen nachhaltig.“

Source: http://www.hsozkult.de/review/id/rezbuecher-14156



Another German review on Pesek´s work from Daniel Karch, M.A.: http://www.clio-online.de/forscherinnen=10978

“ . . .Zwar weist das vorliegende Buch kleinere orthografische Fehler und auch vereinzelte Ungenauigkeiten
im Bereich der Zeichensetzung auf, beispielsweise bei den Fußnoten (382, 383). Insgesamt jedoch zeichnet
sich diese Arbeit durch eine bestechende definitorische und sprachliche Klarheit sowie stets differenzierte,
mitunter selbstreflexive (26) Betrachtungen aus. Das abschließende Kapitel zu "Repräsentationen" und hier
vor allem die "afrikanischen Perspektiven auf den Krieg" (364-382) runden die stringent gegliederte Arbeit ab.
Insbesondere der Schluss, mit seinen äußerst instruktiven Einlassungen zur Übertragbarkeit der These Karl
Schlögels [2] überzeugt. Denn von den sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Auswirkungen her betrachtet scheint der
Erste Weltkrieg in Ostafrika durchaus mit dem Dreißigjährigen Krieg im Europa des 17. Jahrhunderts vergleichbar-
obschon es eines weiteren Weltkrieges bedurfte, um das koloniale Treiben in Afrika endgültig zu verändern.“

Source: http://www.sehepunkte.de/2011/05/17743.html



A valuable addition to the East African campaign 1914-1918 with a rare, objective and realistic German point of view.

It would have been worth to translate and publish this work also in English.

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Further publications from Dr. Michael Pesek:

http://uni-hamburg.academia.edu/MichaelPesek/Blogposts

http://bwana-lettow.blogspot.de/?view=classic

»Afrikanische Träger im Ersten Weltkrieg«, Michael Pesek, In: Jahrbuch für Forschungen zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung 2014,
pdf, 32 pages. http://www.arbeiterbewegung-jahrbuch.de ... -I.-WK.pdf

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