Savage worlds: German encounters abroad, 1798-1914

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With an eye to recovering the experiences of those in frontier zones of contact, Savage Worlds maps a wide range of different encounters between Germans and non-European indigenous peoples in the age of high imperialism. Examining outbreaks of radical violence as well as instances of mutual co-operation, it examines the differing goals and experiences of German explorers, settlers, travellers, merchants, and academics, and how the variety of projects they undertook shaped their relationship with the indigenous peoples they encountered. Examining the multifaceted nature of German interactions with indigenous populations, this volume offers historians and anthropologists clear evidence of the complexity of the colonial frontier and frontier zone encounters. It poses the question of how far Germans were able to overcome their initial belief that, in leaving Europe, they were entering 'savage worlds'.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester, UK
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages262
ISBN (Electronic)9781526123411
ISBN (Print)9781526123404
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2018


  • Germany
  • indigenous populations
  • colonial frontier
  • frontier zone encounters


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