In Defense of German Colonialism
And How Its Critics Empowered Nazis, Communists, and the Enemies of the West
Famed historian and author of the groundbreaking "The Case for Colonialism" demonstrates that, contary to modern presuppositions, German colonialism from its early roots to the mid-twentieth century was overall a force for good in the world where development was encouraged and native governance flourished.
Historian and university professor, Bruce Gilley, delves into the history of German colonialism from its earliest roots through the 20th century, demonstrating that contrary to modern presuppositions, it served as a global force for good—elevating the lives of its subjects and encouraging scientific development while allowing native cultures to flourish within its governance.
Published: August, 2022
“A very well-written, thorough, and scholarly analysis of the facts of the
German colonial record. This will come as a complete revelation to those of us who had assumed as a matter of course that German colonialism must have been brutal, authoritarian, and only interested in the exploitation of subject peoples. In fact, as this remarkable book documents in great detail, it was humane and enlightened, with the interests of the natives as its first priority, and distinguished in particular by the quality of its medical research and hospital care. The book also shines a brilliant light on the sheer mendacity of much of the anti-colonial movement so fashionable in the West, in which academia has played such a leading and shameful part.”
— CHRISTOPHER ROBERT HALLPIKE, professor emeritus of anthropology
at McMaster University, Ontario