Herero genocide in the twentieth century: politics and memory

TitleHerero genocide in the twentieth century: politics and memory
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsJ.B. Gewald
EditorG.J. Abbink, M.E. de Bruijn, and K. van Walraven
Secondary TitleRethinking resistance : revolt and violence in African history
Pagination279 - 304
Date Published2003///
Place PublishedLeiden [etc.]
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAfrica, colonialism, genocide, Germany, Herero, Herero revolt, history, Namibia, violence

Between 1904 and 1908 imperial Germany pursued an active policy of genocide in German South West Africa, present-day Namibia. This chapter analyses the manner in which, during the course of the twentieth century, numerous people in varying contexts have sought to use the genocide perpetrated upon the Herero to further their own ends. It charts the manner in which a historical event has come to be deployed for varying and, at times, contradictory interests by German social democrats and English imperialists through to anti-Apartheid activists and postcolonial tribalists. It has been used to strengthen arguments that range from colonial policies through to claims that call for ethnic autonomy and compensation. Notes, ref., sum. [Book abstract]

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