German Colonialism and the Concept of Transnational History
Organized by Clelia Caruso (GHI) and Uwe Spiekermann (GHI)
In 1897 Chancellor von Bülow claimed “einen Platz an der Sonne” (a place in the sun) attempting to justify the recent and, as it turned out, comparatively short-lived German imperial ambitions. By the end of World War I, Germans colonial endeavors were already a thing of the past. The former German colonies quickly merged into other European empires and German society was hardly influenced by the brief imperial episode – or so it seemed. Following the lead of recent scholarship on transnationalism the lecture series “The Aftermath of German Colonialism” reopens the case. Historians from Germany and the United States will explore whether and to what extent imperialism shaped Germany and its former colonies and possibly continues to do so.
All lectures begin at 6:30 pm (refreshments will be served from 6:00 to 6:30 pm) and will be held at the German Historical Institute, 1607 New Hampshire Avenue NW (Directions). Please RSVP (acceptances only) by Tel. 202.387.3355, Fax 202.387.6437 or E-mail.