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German colonial wars and the context of military violence / Susanne Kuss ; translated by Andrew Smith.

Author/creator Kuss, Susanne
Format Electronic and Book
Publication InfoCambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017.
Descriptionvi, 386 pages ; 25 cm
Supplemental Content Full text available from JSTOR eBooks
Uniform titleDeutsches Militär auf kolonialen Kriegsschauplätzen. English
Contents Part I. Three wars: The Boxer War -- The Herero and Nama war -- The Maji Maji war -- Part II. The colonial theater of war: The motivation of white and native colonial soldiers -- Training and weaponry -- Ideology and passage to war -- Environment and enemy -- Diseases and injuries -- Reaction from the foreign powers -- Parliament and the military press -- Part III. Evaluation and memory: The military -- Veterans' associations -- Legacy.
Abstract Germany fought three major colonial wars from 1900 to 1908: the Boxer War in China, the Herero and Nama War in Southwest Africa, and the Maji Maji War in East Africa. Recently, historians have emphasized the role of German military culture in shaping the horrific violence of these conflicts, tracing a line from German atrocities in the colonial sphere to those committed by the Nazis during World War II. Susanne Kuss dismantles such claims in a close examination of Germany's early twentieth-century colonial experience. Despite acts of unquestionable brutality committed by the Kaiser's soldiers, she finds no direct path from Windhoek, site of the infamous massacre of the Herero people, to Auschwitz. The author rejects the notion that a distinctive military culture or ethos determined how German forces acted overseas. Unlike rival powers France and Great Britain, Germany did not possess a professional colonial army. The forces it deployed in Africa and China were a motley mix of volunteers, sailors, mercenaries, and native recruits--all accorded different training and motivated by different factors. Germany's colonial troops embodied no esprit de corps that the Nazis could subsequently adopt. Belying its reputation for Teutonic efficiency, the German military's conduct of operations in Africa and China was improvisational and often haphazard. Local conditions--geography, climate, the size and capabilities of opposing native populations--determined the nature and extent of the violence German soldiers employed. A deliberate policy of genocide did not guide their actions.-- Provided by publisher
General note"An earlier version of this work was first published as Deutsches Militär auf kolonialen Kriegsschauplätzen: Eskalation von Gewalt zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts (c) Christoph Links Verlag GmbH, Berlin 2010"--Title page verso.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 299-367) and index.
Access restrictionAvailable only to authorized users.
Technical detailsMode of access: World Wide Web
Translation ofTranslation of: Kuss, Susanne. Deutsches Militär auf kolonialen Kriegsschauplätzen. 2., durchgesehene Auflage. Berlin : Links, 2010 9783861536031
Genre/formElectronic books.
LCCN 2016040430
ISBN9780674970632 (alk. paper)

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