Race, Law and Citizenship in the German Empire, 1884-1914
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The hastily improvised establishment of a colonial empire in 1884 generated a variety of political and legal problems for Germany. To what extent the colonies and their inhabitants would be integrated into the existing constitutional and legal framework of the Fatherland became an increasingly vexed question and one that the German authorities were ill prepared to deal with.
Drawing on contemporary discourses of law, national identity, and race, this study explores the impact of Germany's colonial expansion on the theory and practice of citizenship, written from a postcolonial studies perspective and providing new insights into the history of transnational migration, racism, subaltern agency and national identity in the age of imperialism.
Table of Contents
1. Defining the Colonial Space: German Lawmakers and the Problem of Hybridity 2. Separate and Unequal: Consular Jurisdiction and the Making of Colonial Apartheid 3. ‘Native’: An Impossible Concept 4. ‘Germans but no Germans’: Subjects without Rights 5. Becoming German: Naturalisation and Exclusion in the German Colonies 6. Strangers in the Fatherland: Colonial Migrants in Imperial Germany 7. Forbidden Love: Sexuality, Race and Marriage Law in the Colonial Situation
Dominik Nagl is at the University of Mannheim, Germany