Bartholomäus Grill: We of the Master Race. Siedler Verlag (Hardcover, 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899, China, Germany)

We of the Master Race

Our racist legacy – a journey to Germany's colonial history

Original Title: Wir Herrenmenschen

Hardcover with jacket, 304 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in., 25 b/w illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-8275-0110-3
€ 24.00 [D] | € 24.70 [A] | CHF 33.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Siedler

Date of publication: March 4, 2019
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Bartholomäus  Grill - We of the Master Race


How attitudes during the colonial era still influence us today

The German colonies – this chapter of our history is, as Bartholomäus Grill so vividly demonstrates, alarmingly modern. And it is not only so in the minds of Africans themselves – take, for example the descendants of the Herero, who are now demanding reparations for the atrocities committed by the Germans. No, it is also in our own minds.

Spiegel reporter Bartholomäus Grill, one of the best German experts on Africa, has been doing research in the last three decades at the sites of the German colonial empire; he spoke with the last eye witnesses, the descendants of perpetrators and victims. Grill has meticulously followed the tracks of German foreign rule in Africa, China and the South Seas and in this book describes our racist legacy: The idea that we are the master race still influences our attitudes; cliché ideas of "threatening Africans" or "helpless developing countries" live on, particularly at times of increased flight and migration. This is a gripping historical report – and also a polemic of the highest degree of relevance for today.


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