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

Hardcover | June 9, 2013

byJeff Bowersox

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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 throughwhich 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 hadbeen 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 ofimperialism 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 publicarena 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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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 throughwhich they daily encountered the wider world. Us...

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. He is Assistant Professor of Modern European History at the University of Southern Mississippi, USA.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:June 9, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199641099

ISBN - 13:9780199641093

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Introduction: Grappling with Empire1. Playing with Empire: Toys, Play, and the German Colonial Imaginary2. Studying Empire: Classroom Instruction, School Geographers, and Pedagogical Reform3. Sightseeing Empire: Extracurricular Instruction, Colonialists, and Spectacular Lessons4. Reading Empire: Gender, Confession and Class in Commercial Youth Literature5. Living Empire: Pathfinders (German Boy Scouts) and the Conflict between Patriotism and PedagogyConclusion: Growing up with Empire