Black Germany: The Making and Unmaking of a Diaspora Community, 1884-1960

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 26, 2013 - History - 364 pages
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This groundbreaking history traces the development of Germany's black community, from its origins in colonial Africa to its decimation by the Nazis during World War II. Robbie Aitken and Eve Rosenhaft follow the careers of Africans arriving from the colonies, examining why and where they settled, their working lives and their political activities, and giving unprecedented attention to gender, sexuality and the challenges of 'mixed marriage'. Addressing the networks through which individuals constituted community, Aitken and Rosenhaft explore the ways in which these relationships spread beyond ties of kinship and birthplace to constitute communities as 'black'. The study also follows a number of its protagonists to France and back to Africa, providing new insights into the roots of Francophone black consciousness and postcolonial memory. Including an in-depth account of the impact of Nazism and its aftermath, this book offers a fresh critical perspective on narratives of 'race' in German history.
  

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Contents

from presence to community
22
stay and can I go? Status and mobility
67
marriage and family
88
work welfare and community
119
Problem men and exemplary women? Gender
161
Practising diaspora politics 19181933
194
Under the shadow of National Socialism
231
Refuge France?
279
Epilogue
316
Bibliography
329
Index
354
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About the author (2013)

Robbie Aitken is a Senior Lecturer in Imperial History at Sheffield Hallam University.

Eve Rosenhaft is Professor of German Historical Studies at the University of Liverpool.

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