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By Sebastian Conrad,Sorcha O'Hagan

Germany used to be a latecomer to the colonial global of the overdue 19th century yet this historical past of German colonialism makes transparent the wide-reaching effects of Germany's short-lived colonial venture. Sebastian Conrad charts the growth of the empire from its origins within the acquisition of considerable territories in today's Togo, Cameroon, Namibia and Tanzania to new settlements in East Asia and the Pacific and divulges the colonialist tradition which permeated the German state and its politics. Drawing at the wider background of eu growth and globalisation he highlights the shut interactions and shared vocabularies of the colonial powers and emphasises Germany's significant function within the interval of excessive imperialism earlier than 1914. Even past the professional finish of the empire in 1919 the search for Lebensraum and the expansion of the Nazi empire in jap Europe might be seen inside a framework of colonialism whose results resonate to the current day.

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