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The Herero Genocide
War, Emotion, and Extreme Violence in Colonial Namibia
Translated from the German by Elizabeth Janik
306 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-023-6 $179.00/£132.00 Hb Published (April 2021)
eISBN 978-1-80073-024-3 eBook
Praise for the German edition:
“Matthias Häussler has produced a complex and highly compelling account of the unfolding of mass violence in German South-West Africa. His book includes a range of sources which other historians have largely neglected … or been unable to access.” • Journal of Namibian Studies
“Häussler deals less with the causes of violence or possible racist program of extermination than with the conditions, factors and dynamics of a radicalization that ultimately led to genocide. In his differentiated analysis he is aided by a profound knowledge of the sources, materials from state, church and private archives in Germany.” • Historische Zeitschrift
“This book was overdue. [… Häussler] successfully endeavors to expand the collection of sources on the history of this genocide, drawing not only on German administrative files but also on British traditions and a large number of private estates” • Militärgeschichtliche Zeitschrift
“This study encourages further research on the relationship between emotion, racism, and the release of violence and is recommended to all those who are interested in processes of unrestricted violence in general or the war in German South West Africa in particular.” • H-Soz-Kult
“Häussler shines with an innovative study …The book is recommended not only to all those who are committed to dealing appropriately with the Namibian-German past, but also to those who are directly involved in the ongoing bilateral negotiations between Germany and Namibia.” • The Namibian
Drawing on previously inaccessible and overlooked archival sources, The Herero Genocide undertakes a groundbreaking investigation into the war between colonizer and colonized in what was formerly German South-West Africa and is today the nation of Namibia. In addition to its eye-opening depictions of the starvation, disease, mass captivity, and other atrocities suffered by the Herero, it reaches surprising conclusions about the nature of imperial dominion, showing how the colonial state’s genocidal posture arose from its own inherent weakness and military failures. The result is an indispensable account of a genocide that has been neglected for too long.
Matthias Häussler holds a doctorate in history from the University of Lucerne and a doctorate in philosophy from the Goethe University Frankfurt, for which he was awarded the first International Maurice Blondel Award in the Modern Philosophy of Religion. He is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Diaspora Research and Genocide Studies (Ruhr University Bochum), working on a project titled "Narratives of genocide: Lothar von Trotha’s written and photographic legacy".
Subject: History: 20th Century to Present Genocide History
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