1st Edition

The Discourse of British and German Colonialism Convergence and Competition

Edited By Felicity Rash, Geraldine Horan Copyright 2020
    298 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    298 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume compares and contrasts British and German colonialist discourses from a variety of angles: philosophical, political, social, economic, legal, and discourse-linguistic. British and German cooperation and competition are presented as complementary forces in the European colonial project from as early as the sixteenth century but especially after the foundation of the German Second Empire in 1871 – the era of the so-called 'Scramble for Africa'. The authors present the points of view not only of the colonizing nations, but also of former colonies, including Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Namibia, Tanzania, India, China, and the Pacific Islands. The title will prove invaluable for students and researchers working on British colonial history, German colonial history and post-colonial studies.

    Part I: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives

    1. Cutting up the World Pie and What Happened Next

    Felicity Rash and Geraldine Horan

    2. Neither Colonies nor Colonialism? The Early Modern Semantics of European Expansion in German Political Economics (1700-1800)

    Jonas Hübner

    3. Colonialism and Diaspora in Imperial Germany

    Stefan Manz 

    4. How are British and German Colonizers Positioned in the Digital Corpus?

    Elisa Erbe, Daniel Schmidt-Brücken and Ingo H. Warnke

    Part II: The “Scramble” for Africa

    5. Metaphors of Darkness and Light in British and German Travel and Missionary Discourse

    Felicity Rash

    6. German Imperialist Images of the Other: a Sonderweg? Discursive Representations of the Imperial Self in Wilhelmine Germany (1884-1919)

    Albert Gouaffo

    7. The Continuities of Colonial Land Dispossessions under German and South Africa Rule

    Phanuel Kaapama

    8. “An Inclination towards a Policy of Extermination”? German and British Discourse on Colonial Wars during High Imperialism

    Ulrike Lindner

    9. German and British Subject Settler Narratives from German East Africa

    Elsie Cloete

    10. Stereotypical Labelling of the Moroccan Goumiers in German Colonialist Discourse

    Moulay Lmustapha Mamaoui and Otman Bychou

    Part III: The “Scramble” for the Wider World

    11. Notes from the Margins: the Discursive Construction of the Self and Other in the German Ostmark and Ireland, Discourses of Internal Colonialism and Gender in the Works of Käthe Schirmacher and Maud Gonne

    Geraldine Horan

    12. Schooling of the Tribal Peoples of the Chota Nagpur Region of India: Contested Claims by German Missionaries and British Colonialists, 1830-1870

    Sutapa Dutta

    13. Postcolonial Discourse Analysis: the Linguistic Fall-out from Imperial Germany’s Colonialist Past in China

    Andreas Musolff

    14. British and German Scientific Exploration in the Asian-Pacific Region as an Alternative Form of Colonization

    Marie Géraldine Rademacher


    Felicity Rash is Professor of German Linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London. Her major publications include: The Language of Violence: Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf (2006); German Images of the Self and the Other in German Nationalist, Colonialist and Anti-Semitic Discourse 1871–1918 (2012); and The Strategies of German Imperialist Discourse: The Colonial Idea and Africa, 1848–1948 (2016).

    Geraldine Horan is Senior Lecturer in German Language at University College London. Her research interests lie in feminist linguistics, discourse analysis, and political discourse. She is co-editor of Doing Politics: Discursivity, Performativity and Mediation in Political Discourse (2018, with Michael Kranert).