Raising Germans in the Age of Empire: Youth and Colonial Culture, 1871-1914

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Raising Germans in the Age of Empire is a cultural history of the German colonial imagination around the turn of the twentieth century. Looking beyond the colonialist movement, it focuses on young Germans who grew up during this era and the various commercial and educational media through which they daily encountered the wider world. Using their imaginary colonial encounters, Jeff Bowersox explores how Germans young and old came to terms with a globalizing world.

Chapters on toys, school instruction, popular literature, and the Boy Scouts (or Pfadfinder) reveal how Germans, through mass consumer culture and mass education, built a definitive association between colonial hierarchies and Germany's place in the modern age. By 1914 this colonial sensibility had been accepted as common sense, but it always remained flexible and vague. It could be adapted to serve competing and contradictory purposes, ranging from profit and pedagogical reform to nationalist mobilization and international socialist solidarity. Thus, as young Germans used images of imperialism to construct their own fantastical adventures, adults tried to use those same images to ward off the worst excesses of industrial modernity and to mold young people into capable and productive citizens. The result was a chaotic multitude of imagined empires vying for space in the public arena as Germans debated how best to raise the next generation of children. Raising Germans in the Age of Empire explains how colonial visions not only shaped Germans' engagement with globalization but also determined how they understood themselves as a modern nation.

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Jeff Bowersox's teaching and research interests include modern German, European, and world histories; the histories of race, imperialism, and the African diaspora; and the histories of youth, education, and popular culture.

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"[A] well-researched study of the transmission of colonial culture to young Germans in the decades before the First World War. ... Raising Germans is an important contribution to the literature on the relationship between the colonial world and European society and offers a new perspective on the interplay between mass culture, modern pedagogy, and national and colonial interests." --Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth


"The discussion of the production and texts of a new genre of colonial literature for the young provides a fresh perspective and a persuasive thesis." --German History


"[E]mploys an impressive array of textual, visual and material sources." --European Review of History


"[A] thoroughly researched and well-structured study" --Canadian Journal of History


"[P]rovides stimulating suggestions for interpreting the colonial culture of material Germany." --German Historical Institute London Bulletin"


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Verlag: Oxford University Press, Oxford University Press (2013)
ISBN 10: 0199641099 ISBN 13: 9780199641093
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Buchbeschreibung Oxford University Press, Oxford University Press, 2013. Buchzustand: As New. xv 239p hardback, black dustjacket in excellent condition, a clean and bright copy, firm, like new. Artikel-Nr. PAB 184030

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