Following a South Seas Dream: August Engelhardt and the Sonnenorden

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Research Centre for Germanic Connections with New Zealand and the Pacific, University of Auckland, 2008 - Collective settlements - 151 pages
"What have coconuts to do with 'Kaisers'? Sven Monter's meticulously researched account of the ill-fated 'Sonnenorden' (Order of the Sun), a small group of sun-worshipping, solely coconut-eating nudists who existed briefly [on the tiny island Kabakon in the Neu Lauenburg (Duke of York) Islands of the Bismarck Archipelago] in early 20th-century German New Guinea, supplies the answer. From this apparent blip on the historical record, Monter draws out a series of thought-provoking connections to broader questions: the diverse and ambivalent reactions of German citizens to Wilhelminian rule, the origins and influence of the German 'Sudseetraum' (South Seas Dream), and the realities of life for settlers in Germany's Pacific colonies" --Publisher.

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